A George III carved mahogany breakfront, attributed to William Vile, circa 1755 BROKEN GLASS NEEDS FIXING*******
Lot 1280W
A George III carved mahogany breakfront bookcase
attributed to William Vile
third quarter 18th century
Sold for US$ 62,500 inc. premium
Lot Details
Property from a private collection, Midwestern United States
A George III carved mahogany breakfront bookcase
attributed to William Vile
third quarter 18th century
height 84in (213.5cm); width 93in (236cm); depth 21in (53.5cm)

Footnotes

  • William Vile (1715-1767), one of the finest cabinetmakers of a generation that included the likes of Thomas Chippendale, began his career in the workshop of William Hallett Sr. (circa 1707-1781). By 1751, Vile had established his own workshop with John Cobb (circa 1715-1778), and his former master Hallett acting as a silent partner. The firm of Vile and Cobb inherited Hallett's former clients, as well as developing their own prestigious clientele, which would come to include George III and Queen Charlotte, who ordered a quantity of furniture from Vile & Cobb following their purchase of Buckingham House (now Buckingham Palace) in 1761.

    Vile and Cobbs' furniture was especially renowned for the extremely high quality of its crisp, vigorous carving and the unusually fine veneers employed. Their workmen, including John Bradburne (active 1750-1781) and Sefferin Alken (1744-1783), who was the carver of much of the furniture designed by Robert Adam for Croome Court. The bookcase presented here is remarkable for the fine and detailed carving of the pediment, as well as the strong and bold rendering of the acanthus leaf carving on the cabinet doors.

    Provenance:
    Woodlands, Yorkshire
    Frank Partridge, Inc., New York

    Literature:
    "The Magazine Antiques," May 1955, p. 366 (ill.)
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