A mid 18th century padouk Chest on Chest

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Lot 59*
A mid 18th century padouk Chest on Chest

Sold for £ 10,800 (US$ 13,969) inc. premium
A mid 18th century padouk Chest on Chest
the upper part with a broken arch dentil moulded cornice, above four short and three long drawers, the lower part with three long graduated drawers, on ogee bracket feet, probably Chinese export, feet reduced in height, handles possibly paktong, , 114cm wide, 65cm deep, 235cm high (44.5in wide, 25.5in deep, 92.5in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Tayleur family of Buntingsdale Hall, Market Drayton, Shropshire, seat of the Tayleur family from 1774 to 1923. It is not known when the chest was acquired by the family, but it was known to have been with John Tayleur, the last owner of Buntingsdale; Thence by descent to his son Henry Tayleur and in turn to his son William H.T.Tayleur and thence by direct descent to the present owner.

    This chest on chest is illustrated in an article on Buntingsdale Hall in Country Life, November 3rd 1917, fig 5 in an illustration titled 'At The Head Of The Stairs'.

    Examples of paktong hardware on furniture in most cases can be found on furniture made in the East, of either Indian or Chinese origin, see K.Pinn, Paktong, The Chinese Alloy in Europe 1680-1820, Antique Collector's Club, pps 121-122. Plate 99 shows a Chinese export interpretation of the English knife box with paktong mounts, made in possibly padouk or a kind of rosewood. H. Avray Tipping in his article for Country Life, discusses very little about the furniture at Buntingsdale but does deem worth mentioning 'the excellent Chinese pictures, on looking glass frames, depicting scenes with figures spendidly plumaged pheasants among paeonies and chrysanthemums', reflecting an interest in and link to Chinese export items within the collection.
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