Young and Trotter of Edinburgh, A Scottish George III Mahogany bureau

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Lot 199
Young and Trotter of Edinburgh, A Scottish George III Mahogany bureau

Sold for £ 1,750 (US$ 2,406) inc. premium
Young and Trotter of Edinburgh, A Scottish George III Mahogany bureau
The rectangular fall-front with moulded edge enclosing drawers and pigeon holes arranged around a central cupboard door, above three long drawers with faceted gilt brass handles, raised on bracket feet, bracket feet slightly reduced in height, 96cm wide, 50.5cm deep, 73cm high (37 1/2in wide, 19 1/2in deep, 28 1/2in high).

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  • This group of mahogany Bedroom and Drawing Room furniture by the Edinburgh cabinet makers Young and Trotter was made in the elegant neoclassical manner developed by the firm for New Town interiors during the late eighteenth century.
    The firm, headed by partners Robert Young and Thomas Trotter, pre-dated the period of cabinet maker William Trotter, whose different style is represented by suites of rosewood furniture at Paxton House, Berwickshire, and Hensol, Kirkcudbrightshire, (see Bonhams Edinburgh sale, October 2012).
    As Young, Trotter and Hamilton (James Hamilton was a partner between 1790 and 1797), the company had achieved notable success in supplying furniture for the apartments of the Comte d'Artois, heir to the French throne, at Holyrood in 1796. This cemented their reputation as makers of the most fashionable furniture in the capital. The Holyrood repertoire was subsequently reflected in commissions for the New Town and outlying country villas.
    The Gilmerton furniture, supplied in 1801, was made in this refined taste, using choice cuts of mahogany but with little extrinsic ornament. The Pembroke table, lot 200, typifies the urbane character of Young and Trotter pieces from this time, using best-quality timber with discreet stringing detail. It has an 'Octagon top', made at an extra cost of 8d, to which has been added an astragal moulding (at 9d extra). The long drawer is fitted with three compartments or 'cannisters' for tea and sugar, according to Edinburgh custom.
    The bureau was made to the Edinburgh Cabinet Makers' Book of Prices specification 'three feet three inches long, four long drawers cock beaded, two lopers to support the fold, six small drawers and seven letter holes inside'. It has characteristic Young and Trotter square axe-headed handles and inverted scroll bracket feet.
    The Bedroom, or more correctly, Dressing Room furniture includes a plain chamber table, a clothes press and two chests of drawers. The clothes press and chests correspond to Edinburgh specifications, but are three-quarter size, as recommended by the company for town house use. After taking up the reigns of the firm in 1805, William Trotter continued to supply furniture to Sir Alexander Kinloch at Gilmerton (See Furniture, Rugs, Clocks, and Works of Art sale, 4th June 2009, Bonhams Edinburgh), but the present group is one of the few occasions in which pieces by his predecessors Young and Trotter have been offered for sale.
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