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A GEORGE III MAHOGANY WINE COOLER
c. 1760 England
Offered by Mackinnon - Fine Furniture
The 2nd Earl Poulett made alterations to Hinton House in the mid 18th century, most likely under the supervision of his architect Matthew Brettingham and refurbished the house in a grandeur befitting the family seat. He employed the most fashionable London cabinet-makers of the day, including Matthias Lock and William Hallett. Unfortunately, the records are incomplete but attributions can be made on the basis of documented designs and similarities to known recorded pieces.
A very closely related wine cooler octagonal form, but with blind fret carving to the stand and legs, was sold at Christie’s London, 31 October 2012, lot 85. This may well have been the same one that was sold at Christie’s London by the Rt. Hon. The Earl of Shaftesbury on 23 June 1949, lot 84 for £126. In 1915, it was illustrated in Country Life in the Dining-Room at St. Giles’s House, Dorset . In the St Giles 1732-57 Household Account Book there is mention of: ‘Paid Mr Hallet for Mahogany Cisterns 5.15.0’. This is undoubtably the William Hallett (d. 1781) described by furniture historians, Ralph Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, as ‘probably the most fashionable cabinet-maker of George II’s reign’. Hallett played a prominent role in the provision of fashionable ‘Modern’ furniture in mid-18th century London, as the time that Thomas Chippendale was establishing his St. Martin’s Lane workshops. From the 1730s, his name features at many significant houses including Holkham Hall and Uppark. At St. Giles, according to existing records, Hallett was the sole recorded London craftsman to receive significant payments from Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 4th Earl of Shaftesbury (d. 1771), supplying furnishings over a seven year period.
Pairs of related brass-bound wine coolers, although oval in shape, were supplied by Thomas Chippendale to the 5th Earl of Dumfries for Dumfries House in 1759 and 1763 . A Chippendale connection to Hinton House was put forward by Constance Simon who stated that ‘documents have been preserved which prove the great cabinet-maker was present in person to supervise the work’ – this is further strengthened by the existence of the Lock drawings as Matthias Lock is reputed to have worked under Chippendale’s supervision.
With Norman Adams Ltd. London, 1969
|Height||57.00 cm||(22.44 inches)|
|Width||64.00 cm||(25.20 inches)|
|Depth||43.00 cm||(16.93 inches)|
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