PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN TOGETHER WITH LOT 454
each with an inset mottled grey and white marble top, one with a door enclosing a shelf, the other adapted with a door above a pull -out lower section enclosing a drawer, the reverse of each with a paper label inscribed in ink: Callo? no. 8, Comodino? Mobile usaro, A Lord Portsmouth, Hurstbourne Park, Whitchurch, Hampshire, Ingliterra, Vicola...ve...
Earls of Portsmouth, Hurstbourne Park, Hampshire.
Acquired by present owner upon the acquisition of Hurstbourne Park, circa 1937.
The extensive Hurstbourne Park estate in Whitchurch, Hampshire was until the mid-1930s in the ownership of the Earls of Portsmouth, the Wallop family. Hurstbourne Park is a Grade II listed building and had a landscaped park, and was thought, by Charles Kingsley, to be the most beautiful park in southern England. The house was partly demolished in 1965.
A.G.Palacios, Il Gusto dei Principi, Arte di corte del XVII e del XVIII secolo, Vol I, Milan, 1993, p. 308, figs 612-614, for a related commode and pair of beside cabinets signed G.B.M. and dated 1797, conceived in a similar vein.
A related commode and pair of bedside cupboards attributed to G.B.M. was sold in These Rooms, lot 66, 4th December 2007.
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