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Lot 1060: A GEORGE III MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT SECRETAIRE BOOKCASE, CIRCA 1770 |
26 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: of architectural form, the astragal glazed cupboard doors opening to reveal three adjustable shelves, with conforming flanking cupboards each with five adjustable shelves, the lower section with a fall front secretaire opening to reveal a fitted interior with a central cupboard enclosing three short drawers flanked by one long drawer and four short drawers to either side, above two cupboard doors enclosing one adjustable shelf flanked on each side by six short drawers
A fine piece with good colour and scale and in reasonable conserved condition. Overall the surface with old marks, chips and scratches consentient with age and use, the top of the lower section with some water marks. There is a patch repair to the upper left corner of middle section. There is a fillet repair towards the rear of the right return of the middle section and an age crack below it to the return of the lower section. The right return of break front with a fillet repair, notable from the uneven colour, which is a result of historic degradation around the door hinges. Some small sections of veneer have been replaced, notably around the drawers, and there are minor chips and loses to carved detail in places, notably to the fluted frieze of the lower sections and a corner of the pediment. The handles and locks throughout apparently original though the leather lining to the sectretaire is later.
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Dimensions: 263cm. high, 167cm. wide, 57cm. deep; 8ft. 7 ½in., 5ft. 5in., 1ft. 10in.