John McLean: A George III Rosewood Library Writing Table
A very fine George III rosewood library writing table in the manner of John McLean. The rectangular leather lined top with re-entrant corners above a freize with two drawers on each side, with downswept legs ending in reeded brass caps and castors, the end supports with parcel gilt ‘milled’ tablets.

John McLean was one of the preeminent cabinetmakers at the end of the eighteenth century working out of a workshop in Upper Marylebone High Street. His firm received commissions from some of the greatest patrons of their day, including the 5th Earl of Jersey and his residences at Middleton Park in Oxfordshire and London mansion in Berkley Square as well as Edward Lascelles and Harewood House. Thomas Sheraton featured one of McLean’s designs for a table in his publication The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer’s Drawing Book (1803) and noted, ‘The design on the left hand was taken from one executed by Mr. M’Lean in Mary-le-bone street, near Tottenham court road, who finishes these small articles in the neatest manner’ [sic]. Several pieces of furniture made by McLean retain the firm’s trade labels affixed to the inside of drawers.

McLean’s work can be characterized by the use of rosewood veneers and parcel gilding and lacquered brass mounts. The combination between the rich darkness of the rosewood and the gilt mounts provided an attractive and striking contrast. The inclusion of inset tablets featuring the ‘match-striker’ or ‘milled’ design has become one of the hallmarks of McLean’s oeuvre.
Dimensions
Height 73.00 cm (28.74 inches)
Width 121.00 cm (47.64 inches)
Depth 67.00 cm (26.38 inches)
Stock Code
AD.61
Mackinnon - Fine Furniture

Mackinnon - Fine Furniture
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St James's
London
SW1Y 6PY
England

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