A George IV rosewood crossbanded, brass marquetry and parcel gilt side cabinet in the manner of Louis le Gaigneur, in the Louis XIV style
Lot 208Y
A Regency rosewood brass marquetry and parcel gilt side cabinet in the Louis XIV style, attributed to John Mclean
Sold for £49,250 (US$ 84,249) inc. premium
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A George IV rosewood crossbanded, brass marquetry and parcel gilt side cabinet in the manner of Louis le Gaigneur, in the Louis XIV style
Lot Details
A Regency rosewood brass marquetry and parcel gilt side cabinet
in the Louis XIV style, attributed to John Mclean
Applied with gilt bronze mounts, the rectangular top with a panel of foliate scrolls and similar border, with cast brass moulded edge, the frieze with central Bacchus maskhead, flanked by two drawers within caryatid mounted projecting angles and twin panel doors with applied foliage, enclosing a shelf, above moulded parcel gilt plinth and parcel gilt lion paw feet, 118cm wide, 50cm deep, 93cm high (46" wide, 19.5" deep, 36.5" high).

Footnotes

  • Literature: An identical side cabinet from the collection of the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, is illustrated in R.Edwards, The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, London, 1964, p.255, pl.28 and also in E.T Joy, English Furniture 1800-1851, London 1977, p.171.

    A cabinet with similar angle mounts by John Mclean is illustrated in S.Reburn, John Mclean and Son, Furniture History Society, 1978, p.33, pl.34b. A related side cabinet with a marble top was offered Sotheby's, London, 4 June 2008, lot 64.

    The firm of McLean and son was established in London around 1770, trading from premises in Little Newport Street, Leicester Square, until 1783. By 1790 the firm had moved to 55 Upper Marylebone Street, later expanding to occupy premises in both Pancras Street and Upper Terrace and continuing in business until 1825. John McLean and son were cabinet-makers of the highest calibre, patronised by such leading connoisseurs as the 5th Earl of Jersey, for whom they worked extensively at Middleton Park, Oxfordshire, and the Earl's London mansion in Berkeley Square. In Thomas Sheraton's, The Cabinet Dictionary of 1803, McLean and sons are listed among the foremost English cabinet-makers of the period, and it is some indication of the esteem in which thy were held that Sheraton himself made use of one of their designs for a 'pouch table', which he illustrated in the Dictionary, (pl.65), remarking that, 'The design... was taken from one executed by Mr M'Lean in Mary-le-bone street, near Tottenham court road, who finishes small articles in the neatest manner'.
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