A George II mahogany  by Philip Bell of St Paul's Churchyard
Lot 258
A George II mahogany chest by Philip Bell of St Paul's Churchyard
£1,000 - 2,000
US$ 1,600 - 3,200

Lot Details
A George II mahogany  by Philip Bell of St Paul's Churchyard
A George II mahogany chest
by Philip Bell of St Paul's Churchyard
The rectangular moulded top with re-entrant corners above four long graduated drawers, on later shaped bracket feet, with paper label to the interior of the top drawer, 'Philip Bell / at the WHITE SWAN against / The South Gate in St Pauls Church Yard / London / Makes & sells al sorts of ye finest Cabinet Goods, / all sorts of Looking Glasses , Coach Glasses & Chairs / of all sorts at Reasonable Rates./ NB. Old Glasses new Worked & made up Fashionable', 95cm wide, 52cm deep, 90cm high (37" wide, 20" deep, 35" high).

Footnotes

  • Philip Bell is recorded as working from St Paul's Churchyard between 1758-74. He succeeded his father Henry Bell who had founded the firm in 1736 and, when Philip came of age, he assisted his widowed mother Elizabeth with the running of the firm. Known pieces of furniture with Philip Bell's label are generally good quality serviceable pieces of furniture although a few recorded pieces are decorated with carving, see The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660 -1840, Leeds 1996, p.17.
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