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Attributed to JOHN VARDY (1718-1765)

THE HACKWOOD HOUSE BOOKCASE (c. 1755 England)

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Item Stock Code

REF642

European Dimensions

285.00 cm high   258.00 cm wide   59.00 cm deep

UK/USA Converted Dimensions

112.20 inches high  101.57 inches wide  23.23 inches deep

Item Provenance & History

Supplied to Charles Powlett, 5th Duke of Bolton (1718-1765) for Hackwood House as part of the furnishings of the library designed by John Vardy.
Thence by descent to his brother, Harry Powlett, 6th Duke of Bolton and in turn to his niece, Jean Browne-Powlett, natural daughter of the 5th Duke, who inherited Hackwood Park and Bolton Castle as part of the family estates, thence by descent to her second son, The Hon. Thomas Orde Powlett.

The underside of the bookcase inscribed:

The Honourable T Orde Powlett
Bolton Hall
Leyburn
Yorkshire
By a Stockton Vessel to Stockton bt Sea
To be forwarded from Stockton
To Bolton Hall by the Leyburn Carrier
July 16th 1816… To be kept very dry

Item Description / Dealer Expertise

AN IMPORTANT GEORGE III PERIOD WHITE PAINTED
ARCHITECTURAL LIBRARY BREAKFRONT BOOKCASE

The design attributed to John Vardy, the carving attributed to Thomas Vary

The upper section surmounted by a swan necked pediment carved with mouldings of egg and leaf with swags of garlands with finely carved fruit and flowers over four doors flanked by recessed pilasters topped with carved acanthus corbels; the doors with wire grills; the lower section with applied Vitruvian scrolls over four doors on a plinth with a moulding of finely carved flower heads

This magnificent bookcase brings together all the elements one looks for in an important piece of English furniture: provenance, quality, designed by the top architect of the day, a fascinating history and a fully detailed documentation.

Designed for Hackwood Park, the magnificent home of the 5th Duke of Bolton, by John Vardy, Clerk of the Works, and exquisitely carved by his brother Thomas, this bookcase was then transported from Hackwood in 1816 to Bolton Hall in Yorkshire via the newly built Basingstoke Canal to Hambro Wharf in London, then on to Stockton-on-Tees and finally to Bolton Hall. What make this piece even more remarkable are the detailed accounts of the voyage, both in the Hackwood records held at the Hampshire County Archives and an inscription on the underside of the bookcase.

JOHN VARDY
Type Artist/Maker
Country of origin England
Born 1718
Died 1765

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Godson & Coles

Godson & Coles
92 Fulham Road
London
SW3 6HR
England

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Contacts: Richard Coles
Telephone: +44 (0)20-7584 2200
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Established: 1979
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18th- and early 19th-century furniture and decorative works of art; modern British art