A George III mahogany and inlaid cylinder bureau in the manner of William Moore of Dublin

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Lot 122
A George III mahogany and inlaid cylinder bureau
in the manner of William Moore of Dublin

£ 4,000 - 6,000
US$ 5,300 - 8,000
A George III mahogany and inlaid cylinder bureau
in the manner of William Moore of Dublin
In the Louis XV/XVI transitional style, the top with a frieze drawer, the cylinder fall opening in conjunction with a pull-out slide to reveal an arrangement of pigeonholes and eight small drawers, the kneehole surrounded by one long and two short drawers, on cabriole legs, inlaid throughout with geometric purpleheart and padouk bandings outlined with stringing, 92cm wide, 56cm deep, 115cm high (36in wide, 22in deep, 45in high).

Footnotes

  • A bureau of the same form but with floral marquetry and a later retailer's label for Robert Strahan was sold Bonhams, London, 19 November 2014, lot 102. The Irish provenance of the bureau sold previously and the light style of floral marquetry suggested that it may have been the work of the Dublin cabinet maker William Moore. The Irish provenance and light style of the floral marquetry sprays suggest that this bureau may be the work of the Dublin cabinet maker William Moore.

    Moore began his career working with the famous London cabinet-makers William Ince and John Mayhew where he learned much of his trade. Moore moved to Dublin some time before 1782 and in May of that year he placed an advertisement in the Dublin Evening Post which contained the following announcement:

    'William Moore most respectfully acknowledges the encouragement he has received, begs leave to inform those who may want Inlaid work, that by his close attention to business and instructions to his men, he has brought the manufacture to such perfection, to be able to sell for almost one half his original prices; as the greatest demand is for Pier Tables, he has just finished in the newest taste a great variety of patterns, sizes and prices, from three guineas to twenty; Card tables on a new construction (both ornamented and plain) which appear like small Pier Tables, with every article in the inlaid Way, executed on shortest notice, and hopes from his long experience at Messrs. Mayhew and Ince, London, his remarkable fine coloured woods, and elegant finished work, to meet the approbation of all who shall please to honour him with their commands'.

    Working at first from premises in Abbey Street, he had moved by 1791 to a more fashionable address in Capel Street, where he remained until his death in 1815 (cf. G.Beard and C.Gilbert (eds.), Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, p.622.)
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A George III mahogany and inlaid cylinder bureau in the manner of William Moore of Dublin
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