A stunning Chippendale period figured mahogany secretaire cabinet of wonderful narrow proportions, constructed throughout of the highest quality Caribbean mahogany, of excellent original colour and patina. The cornice with a blind fret frieze in the Chippendale manor, below a pair of panelled doors, with a raised and fielded centre panel and re-entrant top corners, open to reveal an arrangement of adjustable shelves. The double secretaire drawer opens to reveal an arrangement of burr yew veneered drawers and pigeon holes and a leather lined writing surface. A further three graduated cock-beaded drawers with original gilt-brass rococo style handles are below, and the secretaire stands on ogee bracket feet. A truly superb piece with excellent original colour, patina and pedigree
Excellent. Minor old restorations, cleaning and waxing. Brassware believed to be original.
With Charles Lumb, Harrogate. Exhibited Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, London, in 1955 then sold to a private collector in Yorkshire. Original Lumb’s invoice included.
English, George III, circa 1770. The quality of construction and choice of timber suggest that this piece has been made by an important cabinet maker.