Mid 18th century English mahogany secretaire bookcase/ china cabinet. Circa 1760.
The bold detachable swan neck pediment carved with ‘Gothic’ open fretwork, spiral rosettes and a dentil cornice.
The pediment is centred by a small platform below which is a fluted panel. The bookcase/ china cabinet section with two, thirteen pane, glazed doors with three original adjustable shelves with applied beadings for the display of china.
The base with a pull-out writing section fitted with small drawers, two of which have secret releases.
These secret drawers are faced with blind fret ‘Gothic’ tracery and centered by a carved shaped arch.
The base with three cock-beaded drawers, and raised on bracket feet which are faced with blind fret.
This antique is of superb quality, colour and patination, well figured throughout, with mahogany drawer linings – a confirmation of top quality.
A related bureau cabinet formerly with Messrs. Hotspur, London, was sold at Christies, Important English Furniture, 6th July 2000, lot 150.
A similar secretaire bookcase formerly with French & Co. New York, is illustrated in F. Lewis Hinckley, Metropolitan Furniture of the Georgian years, 1988, p.138, illustr. 212.