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Exemplary George II Chippendale Narrow Bureau Bookcase c. 1750

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Exemplary George II Chippendale Narrow Bureau Bookcase c. 1750

SHORT DESCRIPTION
An exceptionally fine George II solid Cuban mahogany bureau bookcase of slender proportions at only 36 inches wide.
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DIMENSIONS
36 inches wide, the rest of the dimensions are to follow For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c.1750

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
An exceptionally fine George II solid Cuban mahogany bureau bookcase of slender proportions at only 36 inches wide.

The bureau with anthemion carved bracket feet and the finest serpentine and waterfall interior of eight pigeon holes with carved hoods, two long upper drawers with raised geometric mouldings, and two long and three narrow drawers with serpentine fronts. The central concave door superbly carved with scallop shell and trailing foliage over a drop bell husk. The door with original shaped and cast brass hidden hinges and original lock with tiny working key. The cupboard lined with secret drawers. Each internal drawer lined with the most slender oak boards fixed with tiny hand cut dovetails and retaining original brass button handles. The depth of the five lower drawer fronts, carved in the solid mahogany, is so opulent and intricate. The bureau made in around 1750 by a contemporary of Thomas Chippendale. Rarely do you see so many high quality details on a bureau interior. Very rarely do you see anthemion carved feet to back and front.

The escutcheons appear original throughout, the handles to the long drawers of the bureau are later but are hand cast, heavy, brass bail handles with centuries of use and soft wear and the drawer fronts show no evidence of earlier handles. Oak lined drawers and original throughout with original lock to bureau and drawers and original brass hinges to the fall which is inset with a dark green leather skiver with gold tooled detail.

The upper case also of Chippendale design with anthemion and foliate carved astagral glazing and tied ribbons retaining all original hand made glass which has never been broken or replaced. The original shelves with reeded fronts can be adjusted in the integral mahogany slides. The back of the bookcase lined with a duck egg coloured silk in perfect condition over original back panels (the silk removable).

No warps to the bookcase doors and they retain the original tiny brass slide bolts and retaining original lock and working key with duck egg key tassel. The bookcase top may, in our view, be a little later but has long been associated with the bureau and is an exact match in colour and of corresponding design.

The bureau bookcase in excellent original condition throughout with only minor bruises, dings and marks consistent with very caring use. Of narrow proportions at only 36 inches wide and of exemplary craftsmanship, condition and quality. A truly beautiful piece of furniture.