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A fine George IV brass-inlaid rosewood kneehole desk
circa 1830, attributed to Town & Emanuel
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 58,000 USD
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151
A fine George IV brass-inlaid rosewood kneehole desk
circa 1830, attributed to Town & Emanuel
Estimate
25,00035,000
LOT SOLD. 58,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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A fine George IV brass-inlaid rosewood kneehole desk
circa 1830, attributed to Town & Emanuel
with five drawers around a kneehole.
height 32 1/2 in.; width 48 1/2 in.; depth 26 1/2 in.
82.5 cm; 123 cm; 67 cm
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Provenance

Sold, Christie's, London, November 29, 1984, lot 75

Sold, Sotheby's, New York, June 7-8, 1985, lot 320

Sold, Sotheby's, New York, April 7, 1990, lot 213

Collection of Lord White of Hull, sold, Christie's, New York, October 16, 1998, lot 37

Literature

Illustrated, G. Beard and J. Goodison, English Furniture 1500-1840, London, 1987, p. 275, fig. 3.

Catalogue Note

The overall design of this desk is reminiscent of forms made by André-Charles Boulle at the turn of the 18th century which incorporated Boulle marquetry panels inspired by the designs of Jean Bérain.  Furniture of this and other Boulle designs became very fashionable during George IV's reign and was made by cabinet-makers including Thomas Parker of Air Street and Louis Le Gaigneur of Edgware Road.

These designs were also made by the London firm of Town & Emanuel which was located at 103 New Bond Street from 1830 until the sale of their stock in 1849.  They were dealers, manufacturers and restorers and their printed trade label proclaimed them as 'Manufacturers of Buhl Marqueterie, Riesner [sic] & Carved Furniture, Tripods, Screens &. of the Finest and Most Superb Designs of the Times of Louis 14th ..." (reproduced, F. Collard, 'Town & Emanuel', Furniture History, 1996, p. 82, fig. 1).  An almost identical desk was probably supplied to the 2nd Marquess of Exeter for Burghley House (illustrated, Collard, op. cit. p. 85, fig. 5).

 

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