A rare George II Irish walnut, crossbanded and featherbanded and marquetry bureau bookcase
possibly by the Kirchoffer family
The broken swan-neck pediment centred by a turned finial above open 'C' scrolls and a carved lion mask holding foliage between its jaws, above a pair of shaped panelled doors, enclosing a central door inset with an arched mirrored plate enclosing a mirrored niche interior with parcel gilt Corinthian pilasters and mirror plates above a chequered stepped floor; flanked by parcel gilt doric pilasters, their lower sections containing 'secret' drawers; above three short frieze drawers each inlaid with lion masks and feather banding surmounted by three shelves, six pigeonholes and two large pigeonholes with arcaded frieze drawers; flanked by Corinthian carved pilasters to the angles; the lower part with a sloping fall inset with ebonised panels enclosing a leather lined fall, a central stellar inlaid cupboard door enclosing a sliding interior of arcaded drawer, a hinged well drawer and two 'secret' compartments to the reverse, flanked by parcel gilt Doric pilasters, their lower sections containing 'secret drawers', flanked by six shaped pigeonholes and six stepped featherbanded drawers each inlaid with lion masks; above three short drawers, above two short and two long graduated recessed drawers on shaped ogee bracket feet, 100cm wide, 58cm deep, 231cm high (39" wide, 22.5" deep, 90.5" high).
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