George III period Mahogany Secretaire Gentleman's Press
George III period Mahogany Secretaire Gentleman's Press
George III period Mahogany Secretaire Gentleman's Press

THOMAS CHIPPENDALE (1718-1779)

George III period Mahogany Secretaire Gentleman's Press

c. 1775 England

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A superb early George III period Mahogany Secretaire Gentleman's Press with shaped cornice above a dentil frieze cavetto and fluted frieze with serpentine detail. The upper part with two panelled doors opening to reveal five sliding trays, the base with a fitted drawer containing twelve satinwood and tulipwood cross-banded small drawers above three further full width graduated drawers, the whole raised on sculpted trefoil shaped bracket feet. Note: The serpentine detail on the cornice combined with the exquisitely panelled back, the shaping of the feet at the back and the dustboards between the drawers all point to a cabinet maker of exceptional ability. The s-shaped keyhole escutcheons are always associated with the work of Thomas Chippendale and would suggest his authorship of this piece too.

When Christie's catalogued the contents of Dumfries House in July 2007 for the sale which never took place, they attributed several pieces to Thomas Chippendale's workshops because of the unique construction of the blockwork behind the feet allied to the red wash of the non visible elements of the pieces. This Press has the same blockwork and red wash as those illustrated, Vol. II, see page 20, Figs. 12 & 13 as well as lot 236.
See Christie's Dumfries House Sale Catalogue Vol. II, see page 20, Figs. 12 & 13 as well as lot 236.
Dimensions
Height 217.00 cm (85.43 inches)
Width 133.00 cm (52.36 inches)
Depth 57.00 cm (22.44 inches)
Stock Code
398A
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