A rare George II joined oak bureau, by William Palleday, London, circa 1730

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Lot 198TP
A rare George II joined oak bureau, by William Palleday, London, circa 1730

£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,800 - 4,100
A rare George II joined oak bureau, by William Palleday, London, circa 1730
The sloping cleated fall enclosing a fitted interior, the central drawer, above the well, bearing the hand-written inscription and signature: 'Wm Palleday at the / Sign of the Crown / In Aldermanbury London / Cabinet maker', with slender waist moulding, over two short and two long graduated drawers, on later bracket feet, 94cm wide x 50.5cm deep x 99cm high, (37in wide x 19 1/2in deep x 38 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • William Palleday is recorded as a cabinet maker working at The Crown, Aldermanbury, London, circa 1713 - 1740. After serving his time as an apprentice, Palleday gained his freedom in November 1706.

    Related Literature:
    - C. Gilbert and G. Beard, the Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660 – 1840 (1986), p. 361.
    - A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715 – 1740 (2009), p. 14, where it is noted that William Palleday came from an established line of cabinet-makers. His father John was a member of the Joiner's Company; his grandfather William had been Master of the Company in 1679 - 80; and his great-grandfather Richard had been taking on apprentices in the 1640s. Dr. Bowett refers to William Palleday as a 'craftsman-shopkeeper', namely a furniture-maker, who whilst still working at the bench, also employed qualified journeymen, and sold the furniture he made from his own premises.

    There are possibly only four other known pieces of case furniture bearing Palleday's name and address. One of these, a Queen Anne walnut bureau, sold in these rooms, 3 March 2011, Lot 69, [£9,000]. Two further pieces, a George II walnut-veneered bureau bookcase, and a walnut veneered chest-on-chest, circa 1715 – 30, are illustrated ibid. p. 78, pl. 2:52 and p. 118, pl. 3:45 respectively. Palleday's inscription and signature on the chest-on-chest is also illustrated p. 14, pl. 1:4. It is almost identical to the inscription and signature found on the bottom board of the small interior drawer of this bureau, with the exclusion of the words 'Sign of the', before the word 'Crown'. Dr Bowett notes 'This is the hand of a literate man. The fact that the inscription is hand-written rather than a paper label suggests the piece might be the work of Palleday himself', rather than an employee.
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A rare George II joined oak bureau, by William Palleday, London, circa 1730
A rare George II joined oak bureau, by William Palleday, London, circa 1730
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