Attributed to Francis Braidwood, An Edinburgh George III mahogany bureau bookcase

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Lot 501
Attributed to Francis Braidwood, An Edinburgh George III mahogany bureau bookcase

Sold for £ 2,250 (US$ 3,093) inc. premium

The Scottish Sale

16 Apr 2015, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

Attributed to Francis Braidwood, An Edinburgh George III mahogany bureau bookcase
The pierced pointed pediment surmounted with an urn above a frieze carved with repeating navette shapes, Greek keys and flutes, above a pair of glazed doors with tied knots astragals enclosing a velvet-lined interior, the base with fall-front enclosing drawers and pigeon holes arranged around a central cupboard, above four long drawers on ogee bracket feet, 90cm wide, 52cm deep, 206.5cm high (35in wide, 20in deep, 81in high).

Footnotes

  • The 'Federal knot', seen here in the astragals of the bookcase stage, was a favourite device of the Edinburgh cabinet maker and upholsterer Francis Braidwood (born 1752). It can be seen prominently in the backs of a set of chairs he supplied to the Edinburgh Incorporation of Goldsmiths, now at the Edinburgh Assay Office, Broughton Street.

    The proportions of the bookcase, the relatively high base when compared with a fairly low top, and the 'Federal knot' astragals bear similarities to one of the very few pieces of furniture attributed to William 'Deacon' Brodie. A cabinet of the same period is held in the collection of Malleny House. See Francis Bamford, 'A Dictionary of Edinburgh Furniture Makers', published by Furniture History Society, 1983 (plate 28).
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Attributed to Francis Braidwood, An Edinburgh George III mahogany bureau bookcase
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