A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann
Lot 102
A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann
Sold for £39,650 (US$ 66,604) inc. premium
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A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann A George III japanned??, (polychrome decorated)and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann A George III japanned??, (polychrome decorated)and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann A George III japanned??, (polychrome decorated)and parcel gilt demi-lune commodeattributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann
Lot Details
A George III japanned, polychrome decorated and parcel gilt demi-lune commode
attributed to George Brookshaw, the painted panels after Angelica Kauffmann
The yellow Jura brocatelle marble top above a stiff leaf and beaded gilt frieze and a bowed panelled front with oval beaded reserve of a hooded seated classical female figure (probably emblematic of Love) within an entwined riband, leaf and berry border flanked by uprights decorated with classical urns on plinths issuing wheatsheaves and leaves, further flanked by bowed cupboard doors, one with Cupid tethering a dove (emblematic of Chastity), the other of Cupid emptying a ewer, within an entwined riband, leaf and berry border, each enclosing a shelf, all on a deep russet ground, on turned reeded and beaded legs and turned feet, with paper depository label under the marble, 'GARDE-MEUBLE, TAILLEUR FILS, 3065, 'FOUL' and numbered, 'No.2222', backboards with inventory number, 'GM67', 125cm wide, 53cm deep, 89cm high (49" wide, 20.5" deep, 35" high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Blairman & Sons Ltd.
    Thence to the present privately owned collection.

    Literature: M. Jourdain and F. Rose, 'English Furniture: The Georgian Period (1750-1830)', 1953, p.145, pl.112.

    Related Literature:
    E.T. Joy, 'A Painted Neo-Classical commode', Connoisseur, vol. 169, September-December, 1968, pp. 166-167
    Lucy Wood, 'George Brookshaw, Peintre Ebéniste par Extraordinaire', Apollo, June 1991, p. 390, fig. 8
    Lucy Wood, Lady Lever Art Gallery Catalogue of Commodes, 1994, pp. 246-253

    The present lot belongs to a group of closely related semi-circular commodes attributed to the cabinet-maker and botanical artist George Brookshaw. These include an example from the collection of Algernon Heber Percy, Hodnet Hall Shrophire, with reputed provenance from Hugh Percy, 1st Duke of Northumberland (1714-86), at Northumberland House, Strand, sold Christie's London, 23 November 1967, lot 116 and Sotheby's London, 7 November 1997; a commode formerly at Dyrham Park; and a commode sold by James Orrock, to Sir W.H. Lever in 1903 (see L. Wood Catalogue of Commodes op. cit., p. P.246, footnote 13 and p. 247. figs 238 and 239 and No. 30, pp. 248-251). This group shares a very similar scheme of painted decoration carved guilloche borders. However the offered example is distinguished by its red-ground palette to the three front panels and the presence of a marble top as opposed to a painted top.

    George Brookshaw established his cabinet-making business on Curzon Street by 1777. He later moved to 48 Great Marlborough Street in 1782, describing himself as a cabinet-maker, commode maker and 'Painter Ebéniste par Extraordinaire'. Brookshaw was born in 1753, although nothing is known of his father's trade, his brother is later recorded as a engraver working in Paris and Yvonne Jones, former head of Arts and Museums, Wolverhampton has recently discovered that Brookshaw was apprenticed to a Birmingham japanner. In 1778 he married Sobieski Grice, daughter of a wealthy Birmingham gunmaker and it may well of been her dowry that established him in business. He listed his specialism in painted furniture and '....a great variety of new fashioned chimney-pieces, to correspond with his furniture, which are all made in a style peculiar to himself, in copper and marble painted and burnt-in...' His clients included the most fashionable patrons of the time including the Prince of Wales, Duke of Devonshire, Lord Delaval, the Duke of Beaufort and William Blathwayt . He last appears in the trade directories around 1794 and it would seem that he then set forth on a career as a botanical illustrator, publishing, A New Treatise on Flower Painting using the alias G. Brown although in 1816, a virtually identical work was published under the name George Brookshaw Esq. Lucy Wood documents the case for them being the same person in 'George Brookshaw', parts I and II, Apollo, May and June 1991, pp. 383-397 as well as speculating that the failure of his marriage and a withdrawal of capital investment may have resulted in the cabinet-making business ceasing to trade in the 1790s.
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