Late Regency Mahogany Breakfront Library Bookcase by Benjamin Cottee and Son of Witham, Essex

BENJAMIN COTTEE OF WITHAM (born 1769)

Late Regency Mahogany Breakfront Library Bookcase by Benjamin Cottee and Son of Witham, Essex

c. 1832 England

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The library bookcase was actually made by Benjamin Cottee's son, James Cottee, and another cabinet maker employed by the firm, William Clarke, and bears both of their pencil signatures and the date of manufacture to the interior carcass. It was made for the offices of Maldon Rural District Council.

The extravagance of very expensive, highly figured matched veneers together with the use of architectural mouldings and embellishments of the late-Regency period, juxtaposed with the use of a much earlier style Chippendale ?13-pane? glazing arrangement, confirm that this was indeed a commissioned piece for a very valued and probably opinionated client for what was locally a most prestigious building. The library bookcase retains all of its original features and is in excellent condition.
Dimensions
Height 214.00 cm (84.25 inches)
Width 305.00 cm (120.08 inches)
Depth 51.00 cm (20.08 inches)
Stock Code
2736
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