A George III style satinwood, painted and inlaid bow-front secretaire cabinet
Lot 100
A satinwood, painted and inlaid bow-front secretaire cabinet
Sold for £8,750 (US$ 14,287) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III style satinwood, painted and inlaid bow-front secretaire cabinet A George III style satinwood, painted and inlaid bow-front secretaire cabinet
A satinwood, painted and inlaid bow-front secretaire cabinet
The recessed upper part with a tapering concave pedestal shaped pediment centred by a ribbon-tied en grisaille medallion titled 'SPECTATOR, ADDISON, JUNE 1776', above a door with an oval medallion of a neo-classical muse in the manner of Angelica Kauffman, enclosing two shelves and with spandrel brackets to the sides, the lower part with a fall front writing drawer revealing striped veneers of various timbers and a fitted interior of pigeonholes and small drawers including a tooled leather writing surface, the lower part with a pair of doors each centred by a further conforming painted medallion of a muse, enclosing a single shelf, the corners with 'blind-fluted' pilasters and ribbon tied bell-flowers to the sides, inlaid throughout with tulipwood and Gonçalo Alves cross-bandings and stringing, on bracket feet, basically late 18th century with later elements, 84.5cm wide, 48cm deep, 179cm high (33" wide, 18.5" deep, 70" high).

Footnotes

  • The Spectator was a daily publication founded by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele in England in 1711. The Spectator aimed "to enliven morality with wit, and to temper wit with morality...to bring philosophy out of the closets and libraries, schools and colleges, to dwell in clubs and assemblies, at tea-tables and coffeehouses". It was also popular and widely read in the late 18th and 19th century.

Saleroom notices

  • See Sotheby's, Fine English Furniture, Rugs and Carpets, 18th October 1974, lot 68 for a closely related George III satinwood side cabinet, without later embelished decoration, the cresting with a painted roundel of Pope.
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