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The central sunburst interior drawer signed with the initials D.M, (Daniel Massey).
This cabinet has the central drawer with the inked initials DM. Another similar cabinet sold by us was also signed D.M and in full, the name, Daniel Massey. This showed very clear parallels in decoration including the idiosyncratic use of contrasting ‘nashashi’ panels with figures on the inside of the doors.
Intriguingly, a japanner and cabinet-maker Abraham Massey (or Massay), at ‘The Two White Posts’, Great Queen Street, St. Giles-in-the-Fields, is listed in The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, Beard and Gilbert, Leeds: W.S. Maney and Son, 1986, p.585. His obituary in the General Advertiser, on January 18, 1746 read: ‘A few days ago died, at his House in Great Queen Street, Mr. Abraham Massay, said to be the most eminent japanner in England’. Whether this is possibly the father of son of Daniel Massey, remains to be determined from further research.
From the estate of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans,
1009 Fifth Avenue, New York
|Height||95.00 inch||(241.30 cm)|
|Width||41.00 inch||(104.14 cm)|
|Depth||21.00 inch||(53.34 cm)|