A George I walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded clothes press
Lot 124
A George I walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded clothes press
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,790) inc. premium
Lot Details
The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
A George I walnut, burr walnut and featherbanded clothes press
The moulded cornice above cartouche shaped panelled doors enclosing a brass hanging rail, above two short and one long simulated drawer and one real drawer beneath, on later bracket feet, 157cm wide, 56cm deep, 202cm high (61.5in wide, 22in deep, 79.5in high). .

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  • Provenance:
    James Gomer Berry, 1st Viscount Kemsley GBE (1883-1968), Dropmore, Buckinghamshire.
    Michael Denison (1915-1998) and Dulcie Gray, Shardeloes, Amersham, Buckinghamshire

    Bonhams 19th October 2011 lot 137

    The Denison's purchased the wardrobe at the Dropmore dispersal held on the instructions of the executors of the late Viscount Kemsley. The Sotheby's sale of 'The Valuable Contents of Dropmore, Burnham, Buckinghamshire, 18th-20th March 1969 included the wardrobe as lot 430 'A George I burr walnut cabinet of unusual design, the well recessed upper part with moulded overhanging cornice and a pair of doors veneered with burr walnut within crossbandings, the lower part with three drawers, on shaped bracket feet'

    Dropmore was built as the country residence of William Wyndham Grenville, who had served as Prime Minister under George III. Granville was the son of the Whig Prime Minister George Granville (1712-1770), after studying at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, Granville entered the House of Commons in 1782. Granville was a close associate of his cousin William Pitt the Younger. He was to serve as Speaker of the House, Home Secretary and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs during the French Revolution. While out of office in the early years of the 19th century Granville became close to the Whig leader Charles James Fox (1749–1806) and on the death of Pitt in 1806 Grenville became head of the 'Ministry of Al the Talents' which was a coalition formed by the Whigs and the supporters of the former Prince Minister Lord Sidmouth. The coalition was not perceived as effective although it is remembered for its achievements in the abolition of the slave trade. Dropmore was built in 1795 and designed by the architects Samuel Wyatt (1737-1807)and Charles Heathcote Tatham (1772-1842). Granville was familiar with the spot on which Dropmore was built from is rambles while studying at Eton and particularly admired the views of the school and Windsor Castle in the distance. By the time of his death in 1834 over 2,500 tree had been planted and at his Pinetum contained the biggest collection of conifer species in Britain.

    See also the footnote to lot 91.
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