A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest
Lot 217
A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest
Sold for £40,000 (US$ 65,319) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest
Fine English Furniture, Sculpture & Works of Art
A George II walnut crossbanded and featherbanded chest
The rectangular quarter veneered top above a brushing slide and four long graduated drawers, on short shell carved cabriole legs with claw and ball feet, the reverse with short cabriole legs and pad feet, 91cm wide, 52.5cm deep, 80cm high (35 1/2in wide, 20 1/2in deep, 31in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Owen Evan Thomas Ltd., Dover Street, London
    Exhibited:
    The Antique Dealers' Fair, London, 1938
    Literature:
    Illustrated in Apollo, 1938, p.183

    Owen Evan Thomas is best known for his seminal work on treen, Domestic Utensils of Wood, XVI Century to XIX Century, published in 1932. Thomas also ran a gallery on Dover Street in London which was in the early 20th century a focal point for treen collectors.

    The present chest is distinguished by its cabriole feet which represent a rare feature on early 18th century English cabinetwork of this kind. A notable example, possibly by Giles Grendey sold Christie's London '50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of England', Christie's London, 14 May 2003 lot 150. A further parallel is provided by the feet on a George II walnut bureau bookcase which are of an even closer design to those on the offered lot, as they similarly exhibit claw and ball feet headed by a carved knee (see: R.W Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, 1929, p. 88, fig. 64)
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