Furniture

  - A George II Mahogany and Parcel Gilt Breakfront Secretaire Cabinet

Attributed to William Hallett

A George II Mahogany and Parcel Gilt Breakfront Secretaire Cabinet Attributed to William Hallett

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

The cabinet surmounted by a broken pediment with central carved and gilded cartouche with pendants of fruit and flowers. The parcel gilded cornice, carved with Virtruvian scrolls, bead and reel and egg and dart moulding. The central mirrored door bordered by rosette and ribbon moulding with a bold egg and dart frame with concealed escutcheons enclosing adjustable shelves. The secretaire drawer below with parcel gilded guilloche moulding with rosette and ribbon, opening to reveal an arrangement of small drawers and pigeonholes. The lower section with double-hinged doors veneered in well-figured flame mahogany over a stepped plinth with parcel gilded flower and dart moulding.

Height: 92 in (235cm)
Width: 52 in (132cm)
Depth: 19 in (48cm)

The architectural form of this extraordinary mahogany breakfront cabinet is clearly inspired by the influential designer, William Kent (c. 1685-1748) and has distinct similarities to a group of similar bookcases, differing slightly in carved details and the inclusion of either mirrored, glazed or panelled elements. Here, the Palladian style and details of Virtruvian ribbon scroll, egg-and-dart, beaded reed string and flowered-ribbon guilloche derive from ‘chimney piece with over mantel’ patterns in Isaac Ware’s Designs of Inigo Jones and Others (1731).

The strong architectural design, overall Palladian form, the use of superior mahogany and the sharpness of the distinguished carving suggest that it is the work of the pre-eminent London cabinet-maker, William Hallett (1707-81). Hallett, who made furniture for George II, was one of the most fashionable makers of the second half of the 18th century. As a leading maker craftsman of his time, he pioneered the work of esteemed makers that followed, including William Vile, John Cobb and Thomas Chippendale. Based first in Great Newport Street and then St Martin’s Lane, London, he established himself as a great cabinet-maker, leaving an impressive body of work with an outstanding quality of carving and of sophisticated design.

A labelled cabinet by Hallett dated 1763 from the Colonel Norman Colville collection is illustrated in A. Coleridge, op. cit., pl. 69-71. A similar pair of cabinets also conforming to the Hallett’s style was formerly in the collection of HRH Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess Harewood. A similar one belonged to Mrs C. Bouverie-Pusey, formerly of Pusey House, Berkshire.


A mirror from Ragley Hall shares an almost identical cartouche, clearly by the same hand.









Ref 852


  - A George II Burr Walnut Parcel-Gilt and Gilt Bronze Mounted Bureau Bookcase

In the manner of Giles Grendey

A George II Burr Walnut Parcel-Gilt and Gilt Bronze Mounted Bureau Bookcase In the manner of Giles Grendey

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

The broken arched pediment with mouldings of parcel gilding, centred by a carved gilt cartouche and flanked by finials over a mirrored door with shaped gilded mouldings opening to reveal and arrangement of drawers and pigeon holes with adjustable shelves. The well figured fall opening to reveal a shaped and fitted interior with shaped bombe drawers and a central mirrored door over four graduated drawers retaining their original handles and escutcheons, bordered by chased bronze corner mounts with gilt mouldings and raised upon ogee bracket feet.

Height: 96 ½ in (245 cm)
Width: 35 in (89 cm)
Depth: 24 ½ in (62 cm)

Provenance:
With Mallet, London in 1991

Literature:
L. Synge, Mallet’s Great Furniture, London, 1991, p. 50, fig. 44

This sumptuous bureau cabinet with its lower section of bombe form is attributed to the celebrated furniture maker Giles Grendey (1693-1780), whose premises were at St. Johns Square, Clerkenwell.

It is of particularly elaborate form combining burr walnut veneers inlaid with chequer banding with finely detailed water gilt gesso mouldings together with exceptionally fine quality gilt bronze mounts, handles and escutcheons.

Two related cabinets include an example with double-doors in its upper section which was formerly in the Hochschild collection (sold Sotheby’s, London 1 December 1978, lot 13, £300,000 including premium; also illustrated in Lanto Synge, Mallet’s Great English Furniture, London, 1991, p.49, pl. 43), and another with a single door which was formerly at Little Gidding Church, Huntingdonshire (sold anonymously Sotheby’s, London, 5 June 2007, lot 111, £240,000 including premium.)


Ref 836


  -  THE EARL OF HARDWICKE’S GILDED ARMCHAIRS

Attributed to John Linnell

THE EARL OF HARDWICKE’S GILDED ARMCHAIRS Attributed to John Linnell

English, circa 1770

£125,000

The upholstered back with serpentine top rail. The scrolling arms moulded and carved with husks and applied paterae. The gilt frames carved with fluting and beaded applied moulding over the four out swept legs, carved with stylised acanthus leaves.
These chairs retain the majority of their original gilding.

H: 39 ½ in (100 cm)
W: 26 in (66cm)
D: 28 in (71 cm)

Provenance:
Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, probably for 4 St James’s Square, London

Philip Yorke, (1720-1790) succeeded as second Earl of Hardwicke in 1764 and represented Reigate and Cambridgeshire in the House of Commons as well as serving as Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. He married Lady Jemima Campbell, daughter of the 3rd Earl of Breadalbane, granddaughter and Heiress of Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent. She succeeded as Marchioness Grey in 1722.

The Earl owned multiple properties, including Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire; Wrest Park, Bedfordshire and a townhouse at no.4 St James’s Square, London. Interestingly, at this time, when pieces of furniture were commissioned for country houses, they would have been transported by cart for delivery and therefore would have been secured to batons screwed to the rails. These chairs have no baton holes underneath and therefore are most likely to have been designed specifically for the Earl for his London home at St James’s Square.

Sir William Chambers and John Linnell

It is documented that Sir William Chambers wrote to the Earl of Hardwicke in 1767, and visited his London house the same year. Chambers also worked with Yorke at Wrest Park, however it is likely that the pair was designed specifically for the London Town House.
Chambers’ relationship with Linnell is not particularly well documented, however, a close connection between the two men can be linked between Linnell’s employment of two Swedish cabinet-makers at his Berkeley Square workshop in 1767/8; Georg Haupt and his brother-in-law, Christopher Furlohg. Chambers was indeed familiar with a table produced by the Swedes that came from Linnell’s workshop at this time and may have also been responsible for the introduction of the two men to Linnell himself. Furthermore, the Linnell workshop produced some furniture of Kentian inspiration, notably chairs, of a type, which Chambers is known to have admired.

Ref 834


  - An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass-Mounted Black and Gilt Japanned Serpentine Commode

An Exceptional George III Lacquered and Brass-Mounted Black and Gilt Japanned Serpentine Commode

Attributed to Pierre Langlois

The ormolu mounts attributed to Dominique Jean

English, circa 1765-1770

Price available upon request

The shaped serpentine top decorated with an arrangement of oval panels of Chinese lacquer, depicting scenes of animals, birds, foliage and buildings, bordered by a running cable design in gilt japanning. The edge finished in a finely chased ormolu moulding.
The two serpentine front doors, opening to reveal an arrangement of eight drawers and sides veneered in panels of Chinese lacquer depicting a landscape of villages, bridges and lakes, with an applied ormolu beaded moulding.
The projecting angles and serpentine apron decorated with gilt japanning with applied foliate mounts of acanthus, anthemion and bellflowers, raised on shaped feet with further mounts.

Height: 32 ¾ in (83 cm)
Width: 55 ¾ in (141.5 cm)
Depth: 26 ½ in (67 cm

This Chinese lacquer and japanned commode is part of a highly distinguished group of virtually identical commodes, with two pairs supplied to Uppark, Sussex, commissioned by Sir Matthew Fetherstonhaugh, and at least three to Ragley Hall, Warwickshire, in the collection of Francis Seymour, 5th Marquess of Hertford. All sharing the same serpentine form, and sides with shaped aprons and similar lacquer panels made from imported Chinese screens, framed with distinctive brass or ormolu mounts, they are undoubtedly by the same cabinet-maker.

A similar pair is the celebrated Ashburnham lacquer commodes, supplied to John, 2nd Earl of Ashburnham for his residence in either Sussex of London, which were sold in 1995 for £496,500. (Christies, London, 16th November 1995, lot 67).

Pierre Langlois
(1754-1810)

This magnificent and rare commode shows an extraordinary combination of imported Chinese lacquer panels together with exquisitely cast and chased ormolu mouldings of the highest quality attributed to Dominique Jean. It conforms closely to the work of Pierre Langlois, the craftsman of French descent who, by 1760 had established himself at Tottenham Court Road near Windmill Street.

The date corresponds closely with the marriage of Dominique Jean to Pierre Langlois’ daughter, Marie Francoise in 1764. It is known that after the marriage, Jean provided mounts for his father-in-law and worked form premises next to Langlois, in Tottenham Court Road. He also employed Langlois’ son Daniel, in 1771.

Pierre Langlois was a leading exponent of the French style of cabinet making in London. Little is known of his early life and origins, but it is likely that he came from France and settled in London some time before the start of the Seven Years War in 1756. It is known that he began working from his Tottenham Court Road premises in 1759 where he continued to trade until 1781.

During this time in his career, Langlois established himself as one of the leading-cabinet makers in London. The high point of his career was during the 1760s and 1770s when his popularity reached its peak and it was during this time he produced his finest work and that he attracted the attention of some of England’s foremost patrons, with his fashionable clientele including commissions from the Duke of Bedford, Lady Louise Conolly, the Earl of Coventry and Horace Walpole.

Langlois is specifically celebrated for his commodes of this time and developed a highly distinctive style of workmanship and design, which was markedly French in character. His trade card tells us that ‘he makes all sorts of fine cabinets and commodes, made and inlaid in the politest manner with brass and tortoiseshell.’

Ref 819


  - A Rare George II Carved Giltwood Mirror

A Rare George II Carved Giltwood Mirror

English, circa 1735

The swan neck pediment with rosettes and acanthus, centered by a cartouche, carved with scrolls and acanthus and surmounted by a stylised anthemion. The frieze centered by an entwined floral and wheat sheaf filled cornucopia with foliate triglyph capitals with an egg and dart moulding. The original bevelled plate bordered by a moulding, strap work and cornered with scallop shells with pendant husks of oak leaves. The apron similarly carved with foliage and centered by a scallop shell, with two brass candle handles.

Height: 69 1/4 in (176 cm)
Width: 34 1/4 in (87 cm)

This magnificent early mirror is a rare survival as it not only retains its original gilding but also its original Vauxhall bevelled plate.

This mirror has close stylistic links to one commissioned by George Bowes for either Streatlam Castles or Gibside County Durham, sold Christies New York 27th October, property of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, lot 73, $221,000.

See also 'Dictionary of English Furniture,' page 333 fig 56, Property of the Victoria & Albert Musuem.

Ref 859


  - A Fine Regency Period Burr Yew Wood Circular Centre Table

A Fine Regency Period Burr Yew Wood Circular Centre Table

English, circa 1820

£32,000

Ref 835


  - A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

A Fine Pair of George III Carved Mahogany Armchairs of Exceptional Colour and Patination

English, circa 1765

£68,000

Ref 797


  - An Exceptional George II Period Carved Side Table With Siena Marble Top Retaining its Original Painted Decoration

An Exceptional George II Period Carved Side Table With Siena Marble Top Retaining its Original Painted Decoration

English, circa 1735

Ref 791


  - A Fine George II Period White Painted and Gilt Console Table 
with Breccia Marble Top

A Fine George II Period White Painted and Gilt Console Table with Breccia Marble Top

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

Ref 813


  - A Fine George II Period Burr Yew Wood Veneered Bureau Bookcase

A Fine George II Period Burr Yew Wood Veneered Bureau Bookcase

English, circa 1740

£28,000

Ref 803


  - A rare George II Period walnut and burr walnut veneered breakfront cabinet on stand in the manner of Giles Grendey

A rare George II Period walnut and burr walnut veneered breakfront cabinet on stand in the manner of Giles Grendey

English, circa 1740

Price available upon request

Ref 796


  - A rare Regency period painted and gilded circular bookcase with Chinese lacquer panels

A rare Regency period painted and gilded circular bookcase with Chinese lacquer panels

English, circa 1810

£135,000

Ref 748


  - A George III period mahogany serpentine commode 
Attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

A George III period mahogany serpentine commode Attributed to Henry Hill of Marlborough

English, circa 1770

£98,000

Ref 784


  - A rare mahogany hall stool

A rare mahogany hall stool

In the manner of John Linnell

English, circa 1770

£9,500

Ref 783


  - A Fine George III Period Fiddleback Sycamore and Marquetry Dressing Table 

In the Manner of Mayhew and Ince

A Fine George III Period Fiddleback Sycamore and Marquetry Dressing Table In the Manner of Mayhew and Ince

English, circa 1780

£22,000

Ref 744


  - A rare George II giltwood architectural mirror

A rare George II giltwood architectural mirror

English, circa 1735

Price available on request

Ref 647


  - A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

A rare George II period carved mahogany armchair

After a design by Thomas Chippendale

English, circa 1755

£85,000

Ref 707


  - A rare Irish carved mahogany console table with marble top

A rare Irish carved mahogany console table with marble top

Irish, circa 1760

£65,000


Ref 719


  - An Exceptional Pair of George III Marquetry Bombe Commodes

Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

An Exceptional Pair of George III Marquetry Bombe Commodes Attributed to Mayhew and Ince

English circa 1770

Price available upon request

Ref 704


  - An exceptionally fine pair of George II period mahogany library armchairs

An exceptionally fine pair of George II period mahogany library armchairs

Attributed to William Bradshaw

English, circa 1750

Ref 699


  - A fine pair of George III period mahogany demi-lune card tables of excellent colour and patina

A fine pair of George III period mahogany demi-lune card tables of excellent colour and patina

English, circa 1780

£38,000

Ref 679


  - A fine George III giltwood mirror

A fine George III giltwood mirror

In the manner of Matthias Lock

English, circa 1750

£48,000

Ref 678


  - An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

An outstanding pair of Regency period carved oak armchairs

English, circa 1820

£58,000

Ref 576


  - An exceptional George II period carved mahogany serving table with Breccia Rosato marble top

An exceptional George II period carved mahogany serving table with Breccia Rosato marble top

English, circa 1755

Price available upon request

Ref 530


  - A Regency period bronze-mounted mahogany side cabinet

A Regency period bronze-mounted mahogany side cabinet

English, circa 1820

£42,000

Ref 362


  - A fine George II period gilt gesso console table with a Breccia marble top

A fine George II period gilt gesso console table with a Breccia marble top

English, circa 1740

Ref 421


  - A Regency period ebony-inlaid pollard oak writing table of wonderful untouched colour and patination

A Regency period ebony-inlaid pollard oak writing table of wonderful untouched colour and patination

English, circa 1810

Ref 190


  - A Pair of George III Bedside Cabinets

A Pair of George III Bedside Cabinets

English, circa 1795

A pair of George III bow front bedside cupboards executed in well figured mahogany of excellent colour, the tops with solid galleries with cut outs for lifting, the doors inlaid with box stringing and fitted with drop brass handles, the sides banded with cane work centres, all raised on square tapering legs with inlaid stringing.

Height: 31 1/2 in (80 cm)
Width: 15 1/4 in (40 cm)
Depth: 14 1/2 in (37 cm)

Ref 886



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