A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND BOXWOOD BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASES IN THE MANNER OF JOHN LINNELL (4465521)
A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND BOXWOOD BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASES IN THE MANNER OF JOHN LINNELL (4465521)

A PAIR OF GEORGE III MAHOGANY AND BOXWOOD BREAKFRONT LIBRARY BOOKCASES IN THE MANNER OF JOHN LINNELL (4465521)

c. 1790 England

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Each bookcase is now fitted with glass shelves, but the original timber shelves have been retained. The lower section is fitted with two adjustable shelves behind each door.

The centre doors to one bookcase were originally joined as one, and are now two separate doors.

Originally from a set of three, the present pair were sold separately by Lock & Co. The third and larger bookcase is now in the collection at Cannon Hall in Yorkshire. Interestingly, it has had the same conversion treatment to the centre doors.

Price: £100,000 +

These bookcases were originally part of the furnishings of the offices of The Times newspaper in Printing House Square in London until they were removed in the 1960s when the paper moved to other premises. It is possible that they were originally commissioned for the offices. The paper was founded in 1785 under the title The Daily Register, changing its name to The Times in 1788.

Bookcase 1:
Height: 9 ft 9 ¼ in; 298 cm
Width: 6 ft 8 in; 203 cm
Depth: 1 ft 7 ½ in; 49.5 cm

Bookcase 2:
Height: 9 ft 8 ¾ in; 296.5 cm
Width: 6 ft 8 ¾ in; 205 cm
Depth: 1 ft 8 ½ in; 52 cm

The Times newspaper, Printing House Square, London, England;
R. F. Lock & Co., Knightsbridge, London, England, 1962;
Collection of Sir Colville Barclay, Pitshill House, Sussex, England.
Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book, revised 3rd edition, 1802, pl. 28; a design for a bookcase with almost identical pediment and carved swags.
G. M. Ellwood, English Furniture and Decoration, 1680-1800, 1913, p. 162; the large bookcase illustrated.

Illustrated:
Apollo, December 1962; advertisement with R. F. Lock & Co., London.
Dimensions
Height 298.00 cm (117.32 inches)
Width 203.00 cm (79.92 inches)
Depth 495.00 cm (194.88 inches)
Stock Code
4465521
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