A George III mahogany breakfront library bookcase
the moulded dentilled breakfront cornice with triangular broken pediment centred by a central rectangular pedestal with moulded cornice, above a pair of astragal-glazed doors enclosing four adjustable mahogany-fronted shelves flanked by two further doors with corresponding glazing and each with three shelves, the moulded waist above a breakfront lower section with two tiers of four drawers with original lacquered-brass handles, flanked by a pair of rectangular panelled doors with fielded panels enclosing a plain interior, one with one mahogany-fronted adjustable shelf, the other with two mahogany-fronted adjustable shelves, on a moulded plinth base, the handles apparently original, two keys, the cornice moulding to the plinth in the pediment replaced
264.2cm. high, 250cm. wide, 53cm. deep; 8ft. 8in., 8ft. 2½in., 1ft. 8¾in.
The Property of a Gentleman, Christie's, London, 28th June 1979, lot 131;
With Norman Adams, 1981;
Christie’s London, ‘50 Years of Collecting: The Decorative Arts of Georgian England’, 14th May 2003, lot 160 (£111,650).
C. Claxton Stevens and S. Whittington, 18th Century English Furniture, The Norman Adams Collection, Woodbridge, rev. ed., 1985, p. 190.;
T.R. Crom, An Eighteenth Century English Brass Hardware Catalogue, 1994, p. 36, no. 256