Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers
Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers

Attributed to JOHN BELCHIER (c.1685-1753)

Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut and feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers

1700 to 1710 England

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A superb Queen Anne burr and highly figured walnut feather banded double dome bureau bookcase concealing two secret drawers.

The three exceptional surmounted carved giltwood finials sit on solid walnut chimneys above the so called ‘double dome’ top, which is constructed in deal with an applied cross-grain moulding of figured walnut. Remarkably, the doors of typical ‘Queen Anne’ design retain their original soft bevelled mirror plates, bordered with a fine cross-grain moulding, further edged with a cross grain D-moulding joining in the centre, to create a double-D moulding. The bookcase doors open on rare ‘finial’-shaped gilt brass hinges, concealing the original walnut grained, double-d edged adjustable shelves. The figured walnut double book-matched, feather-banded and cross banded fall has an applied cross-grain walnut bookstand above a waist moulding, two short and two long drawers. The fall opens on bearers revealing a beautifully fitted and shaped interior of figured walnut feather banded drawers, a well and an array of pigeon holes in a gallery fashion. Behind two of the shaped drawers, are well hidden secret drawers of oak.

The cabinetwork is of a particularly high standard seldom seen on pieces from the period. One example of this can be noted to the two long drawers which are both lined and faced in oak and veneered in six sections of well chosen hand cut burr and highly figured book-matched walnut, banded with feather-banding.

From research and our accumulated knowledge on the subject, we can conclude that the bookcase is from one of a group of great London cabinet makers working in St Pauls Churchyard in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

Further research concludes, that this piece is not only by one of the great London furniture makers working from St Pauls Churchyard but is in fact the work of John Belchier. John Belchier is counted among the major furniture makers of the early 18th century. He is credited with the creation of some of the finest decor of the Queen Anne period. His works are renowned for their lush veneers of burr walnut, gilt and chinoiserie decoration in black, red and green.

The Huguenot cabinet-maker John Belchier was active in London between 1687 and 1753.

Belchier, is one of a group of London cabinet makers to label some but not all of his pieces, this could have been an attempt to differentiate his pieces with his competitors, such as, Giles Grendey, whose japanned work is certainly very similar.

The walnut bureau bookcase by Belchier illustrated in the 'Pictorial Dictionary Of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840" (page 83) by Christopher Gilbert, is of identical form. However, it is most likely that the bureau we have for offer is a model of higher status due to its exceptional choice of burr and highly figured walnut veneers.

FEATURES
• Carved giltwood finials
• Two secret drawers
• Original soft bevelled mirror plates
• Cross grain walnut mouldings throughout
• Choice pieces of hand cut burr and figured walnut veneer
• Original grained shelves edged with cross grain double-d mouldings of walnut
• All original locks and keys
• Double-d mouldings
• Cross grain bookstand to the fall to allow for reading below the candle-stands
• Original and rare finial shaped gilt-brass hinges
• Feather-banding to the drawers, fall and frieze
Superb original condition and of excellent colour with minor veneer repairs. The ring pull handles are later period replacements possibly fitted when they came into fashion circa 1710-40. Escutcheons thought to be original. Solid walnut bun feet later and fitted in the original holes.
Private London collection,
By John Belchier - 'Pictorial Dictionary Of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840' by Christopher Gilbert, page 83, Fig 60
A similar example owned by the Duke of Marlborough is illustrated in 'A History Of English Furniture' by Percy Macquoid, page 166, fig 361.
A Further example is illustrated in 'Early Georgian Furniture' By Adam Bowett, page 55, plate 2:2.
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