An important early Australian  casuarina, beefwood and cedar chest of drawers attributed to Lawrence Butler circa 1810
Lot 26
An important early Australian casuarina, beefwood and cedar chest of drawers attributed to Lawrence Butler circa 1810
Sold for AU$ 42,000 (US$ 39,307) inc. premium
Lot Details
An important early Australian casuarina, beefwood and cedar chest of drawers attributed to Lawrence Butler
circa 1810
The rectangular cedar top with beefwood cross-banding within a pine strung border, with a triple reeded edge above four long casuarina and beefwood cross-banded drawers with cock beading and pine stringing, with solid cedar sides, raised on elegant ring turned casuarina feet, 108cm wide, 50cm deep, 102.5cm high (42.5" wide, 19.5" deep, 40" high).

Footnotes

  • Note:
    Lawrence Butler (1750-1820) was Australia's first furniture maker of note. Born in Ireland, he was transported for his participation in the Irish Rebellion of 1798, and arrived in Sydney in 1802 on the 'Atlas', where he was immediately employed in the Lumber Yard. Granted a conditional pardon in 1813, his first commercial advertisement can be found in the Sydney Gazette, 2 November 1811, and describes him as a cabinetmaker and upholsterer at Pitt Street, the address at which he remained until his death. His workshop was of some size, employing several journeymen and apprentices.

    References:
    Australian Furniture, Pictorial History and Dictionary 1788-1938, Kevin Fahy and Andrew Simpson, Casuarina Press, Sydney, page 32
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