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This exceptional piece is one from a family of cabinets all made by Thomas Pistor, who worked in London from about 1668 to 1706. We have been fortunate enough to have owned four of these pieces in the last 60 years. The first is that illustrated in Dr. Adam Bowett's book "English Furniture, 1660 - 1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne " illus. 7.30, page 209. Bowett comments in his book that as Kingwood ( Princeswood) was the most expensive and rarest exotic veneer available at the time, it was only ever used on the very best and most prized items. The piece shown is an escritoire and the second piece we acquired shortly after the first example was indeed a cabinet on chest, again by the same maker using the same patterns as the escritoire. There followed another Cabinet on Chest made to the same patterns and where the inscribed patterns on the inside of the backboards on the escritoire exactly match the geometric patterns on the doors of this Cabinet. The final piece of the jigsaw is this wonderful Kneehole Desk which again exactly matches the patterns of the other examples. The attribution of these extraordinary pieces is based on an article in Country Life 11th. August 1950, depicting Buxted Park, the home of Sir Basil Ionedes, and showing quite clearly a conforming parquetry inlaid Kingwood Escritoire and commenting that this bears the makers' label for Mr. Thomas Pistor, Ludgate Hill, London
|Height||83.00 cm||(32.68 inches)|
|Width||106.00 cm||(41.73 inches)|
|Depth||64.00 cm||(25.20 inches)|
W.R. Harvey & Co. (Antiques) Ltd
86 Corn Street