A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand
Lot 26
A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand
Sold for £80,500 (US$ 106,225) inc. premium

Lot Details
The Collection of an Architect; The Old Rectory, Kent
A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand
A George II carved walnut and burr walnut crossbanded and featherbanded bureau on stand
The upper part with a rectangular top above a sloping fall enclosing a fitted interior of a central cupboard door flanked by moulded upright pull out compartments, six drawers and two pigeon holes above a long frieze drawer with a sliding cover flanked by lopers and a further long drawer, the lower part with a stylised egg and dart moulding and a long drawer with an undulating acanthus and scroll carved apron with ring tamed lion masks carved cabriole legs with trailing riband tied flora and hairy paw feet, with the 1942 Partridge & Sons receipt, annotated by Sir William Seeds "To a War Worn Housewife! Best Christmas Wishes and a tribute of profound admiration, 1942", originally with a swing frame mirror to the top, one back leg of late date, 69.5cm wide, 51cm deep, 97cm high (27in wide, 20in deep, 38in high).

Footnotes

  • Literature:
    R.W Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London, 1929, Fig 68.
    P.Macquoid and R.Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, London 1954, Vol.1, p.125 and 131, fig.19.

    Provenance:
    Sir Hubert Medlycott, Bart at Ven House, Somerset.
    Percival D Giffiths F.S.A., Sandridgebury, Hertfordshire
    Offered Christie's London, 10-12 May 1939, lot 241
    Frank Partridge & Sons Ltd., 26 King Street, and sold 21st December 1942 (£700) to Sir William Seeds K.C.M.G.(d.1973) and gifted at Christmas 1942 to his wife:
    Lady Arabella Seeds, Fairfield, Lymington, Hants and thence by descent.

    A related bureau from the collection of Henry Hirsch is illustrated in P.Macquoid and R.Edwards, ibid., p.131, fig 18.
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