An unusual George II walnut, mahogany crossbanded, marquetry and parquetry chest on chest
Lot 26
An unusual George II walnut, mahogany crossbanded, marquetry and parquetry chest on chest
Sold for £18,750 (US$ 31,111) inc. premium
Lot Details
An unusual George II walnut, mahogany crossbanded, marquetry and parquetry chest on chest
The domed moulded cornice above a radiating sunburst and contrasting parquetry lines flanked by stylised circular sunbursts above two short and three long graduated drawers, flanked by parquetry canted angles headed by oval panels of oak leaves and acorns; the lower part with three long graduated drawers on shaped bracket feet, probably North Country, 113cm wide, 56cm deep, 214cm high (44" wide, 22" deep, 84" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Sir George Henry Sutherland (1866-1937) and his wife Arabella Elizabeth Wolfe Murray (1881-1930) of Cringletie House, near Edinburgh in the Scottish Borders. Thence by descent to the current owner.

    Cringletie is a Scottish Baronial house by the Eddleston Water, in the Scottish Borders area of Scotland, in the former Peeblesshire. Sir Alexander Murray of Black Barony obtained a Crown charter of the lands of Cringletie in 1666, and had a house built, the first Cringletie House, for his eldest son. In 1861, its owner, James Wolfe Murray, decided to replace it with the present house, which was designed by the Scottish architect David Bryce. Sir James Wolfe Murray (1853-1919) and Arabella Bray (1856-1909) had five children and the youngest Arabella Elizabeth Wolfe Murray (1881-1930) married Sir George Henry Sutherland (1866-1937) in 1904. The newly wed couple leased the property from James Wolfe Murray. To commemorate the marriage between Elizabeth and Sir George, an artist was commissioned to paint the ceiling in the drawing room.

    After his father's death, Captain George Wolfe Murray (1876-1955) leased Cringletie to his brother-in-law, Sir George Sutherland. Sir George modernised the house by enlarging rooms, adding bedrooms and bathrooms, and transforming it from a Victorian family house to a much grander country house. In 1971 the house was sold and transformed into a hotel.
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