George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey
George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey
George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey
George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey
George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey
George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey

George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey

c. 1745 England

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An important English George II mahogany bureau bookcase in the manner of Giles Grendey. The swan neck pediment with applied giltwood flower rosettes, blind fret infill and a central mahogany panel bordered by a further blind fret banding. The mahogany doors with scalloped shaped gilded edge and with mercury silvered mirror panels open to reveal an arrangement of drawers and shelves. Below the cleated bureau fall opens to reveal further blind fret decoration (with hidden compartments), an arrangement of drawers and leather writing surface. Below four graduated oak lined drawers with gilt brass rococo style handles standing on prominent ogee bracket feet.

A stunning piece of excellent colour and patina throughout. The design of the pediment with the use of blind fretwork, the shape of the mirror panels in the doors and the prominently shaped feet are all stylist features of London cabinet maker Giles Grendey, are we are confident that this piece originated in his workshops.

Giles Grendey was born in Gloucestershire in 1693 and, aged 16, came to London as an apprentice to William Sherborne. His first commission was for Richard Hoare of Barn Elmes. The 'Cabinet-Maker and Chair-Maker' Giles Grendey, who was described in 1740 as 'A great Dealer in the Cabinet Way', carried out a considerable export trade from Aylesbury House in St. John's Square. He was appointed Upper Warden of the Joiner's Company in 1747 and its Master in 1766. His son-in-law, John Cobb, was granted a court appointment as cabinet-maker to George III.
Excellent. Minor restorations to chipped veneers & beadings, cleaning & waxing. Old restorations, mirror plates and brassware possibly original, leather writing surface replaced.
Mr. C. D. Rotch, Wimbledon, London.Mr. C. D. Rotch was a collector in the early part of the 20th century who, like Percival D. Griffiths and William Randolph Hearst, was influenced by the furniture connoisseur and dealer R.W. Symonds. Following the prevailing taste of the time, the collection focused on early to mid-Georgian carved mahogany examples and was later gifted to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London upon his death in 1962 (see R.W. Symonds, 'Mr. C.D. Rotch's Collection of Furniture', Country Life, 7 June 1924, pp.937-39). At the time, his bequest was described by the authorities as 'The most remarkable single gift of English Furniture ever presented to the Museum'.
Thence to:Purchased from the Mr Rotch by H.M. Lee & Son, Kingston-on-Thames on 10 December 1931. Acquired from H.M. Lee & Son, Kingston-on-Thames for £190 and shipped in March 1932 by designer Frances Elkins to Illinois.Thence to:Kersey Coates, Reed House, Lake Forest, Illinois The Georgian mansion featured here was commonly known as the "Reed House," since it was built for Mrs. Kersey Coates Reed, daughter of Marshall Field & Co. President John Shedd. Today it may be better known as the David Adler Mansion, since in 1931 the renowned architect penned the house with the help of his interior designer sister, Francis Elkins. The property was built as a summer retreat from Chicago, but the design is hardly modest--the home was built for lavish living. True to Adler's fondness for drama, the home comes complete with drawing room parquet floors taken from a 17th-century chateau owned by King Louis XV's mistress, Comtess du Barry; the home also includes extravagant features such as a flower-cutting room, mirrored dressing rooms with walk-in closets and guest suite walls covered with Chinese silk.
English, George II, circa 1745
Dimensions
Height 245.00 cm (96.46 inches)
Width 110.00 cm (43.31 inches)
Depth 63.00 cm (24.80 inches)
Stock Code
1614
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