Regency Library Bookcase in the Grecian Taste
Regency Library Bookcase in the Grecian Taste

Attributed to GEORGE OAKLEY OF LONDON (worked 1786-c.1819)

Regency Library Bookcase in the Grecian Taste

c. 1810 England

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A Wonderful Regency Period Library Bookcase Almost Certainly Made by George Oakley

Constructed in the Grecian taste, of inverted four door breakfront form, using San Domingo mahogany, with fine inlays executed in ebony, and dressed with gilt bronze adornments; rising from Grecian flower petal feet supporting a plinth base, the vertical stiles with thyrsus form inlays framing the brass trellis grilled doors, and housing shelved interiors; the upper section of conforming configuration, and having a triangular central pediment flanked by inlaid block ends, with Grecian petal finials over a row of ebony bosses in the form of roundels.
Circa 1810

George Oakley (c. 1760-1840) was established at 22 Southside, St Pauls Churchyard, and 8 Old Bond Street in 1786, with a partner, Henry Kettle; in 1800 the firm attracted the patronage of the Prince of Wales, and discussed by Memnich in his idiosyncratic ‘English Travels’ written in 1807; Papworth Hall, Cambridgeshire, the estate of Charles Madryll Cheere commissioned Oakley to furnish the building, and a bookcase of virtually identical form was supplied, as were wardrobes of a similar design to this bookcase; the Papworth Hall bookcase is illustrated in Frances Collard’s ‘Regency Furniture’ published by the Antique Collectors Club in 1985.

Frances Collard, ‘Regency Furniture’, published 1985 by the Antique Collectors Club, pp.107
Dictionary of English Furniture makers 1660-1840, published by the Furniture History Society pp.659-660
The ‘Morning Chronicle’ of 12 & 16 May 1799 records a visit by the Royal Family, and the Prince and Princess of Orange to the Oakley premises at New Bond Street. In 1802 they were granted the Royal Warrant.
Height 214.00 cm (84.25 inches)
Width 176.00 cm (69.29 inches)
Depth 39.00 cm (15.35 inches)
Stock Code
mahogany, ebony, gilt bronze mounts, brass

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