A Queen Anne walnut, featherbanded and crossbanded bureau by William Palleday

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Lot 69
A Queen Anne walnut, featherbanded and crossbanded bureau
by William Palleday

Sold for £ 9,000 (US$ 12,375) inc. premium
A Queen Anne walnut, featherbanded and crossbanded bureau
by William Palleday
The rectangular top above a sloping fall with moulded border enclosing a fitted interior of ten pigeonholes, four short drawers, one long drawer, a sliding well and a later baize lined writing surface, above a plain frieze with lopers and two short and two long drawers, on later bun feet, signed to the long drawer of the fitted interior, Wm Palleday at 4 Crown in Aldermanbury, cabinet maker, 95cm wide, 53cm deep, 99cm high (37in wide, 20.5in deep, 38.5in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: by repute formerly the property of Sir Alfred Munnings KCVO, PRA (1878-1959)

    Purchased by the present vendor from Edward Manson Antiques, Woodbridge, Suffolk, October 1977.

    William Palleday is recorded as a cabinet maker at 'The Crown' in Aldermanbury from c. 1713 to c. 1740. A number of recorded oak and walnut bureaus bearing his paper trade label pasted into the drawer are known. Dr Adam Bowett places Palleday amongst the group of the 'craftsman-Shopkeeper' who while probably still working at the bench themselves employed journeymen and sold furniture from their own premises. Bowett suggests that the presence of Palleday's own hand rather than a paper label may well indicate that he himself was the maker of the piece. Palleday came from a long line of cabinet-makers, his father John was a member of the Joiner's Company, his grandfather William had been Master of the company in 1679-80 and his great-grandfather Richard had been taking on apprentices in the 1640s, see A.Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Suffolk, 2009, p.14. A double chest bearing the Palleday ink inscription is illustrated in Bowett, ibid., pl.3:45, the signature reproduced as pl.1:4., there are thought to be four known pieces bearing the Palleday inscription of which the bureau offered here is one. Palleday's only documented commission is for Lady Heathcote and dates to 1713 when a payment was received for £1 14s 6d for a 13 inch glass in a walnut frame, a square 'falling' table and repairs to a chest of drawers. See C.Gilbert and G.Beard, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, London 1986. A bureau cabinet with Palleday's label and formerly with Pelham Galleries, London is illustrated in C.Gilbert, Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, London, 1994, p.361.
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