England, circa 1750
An exceptional George II Chippendale period carved Cuban mahogany secretaire tallboy. The top section comprising of two short over three long oak lined, cock beaded drawers, flanked by canted corners with exquisitely carved trailing vine and flowers, surmounted by a shaped cornice with a dentil moulding over an expressive carved acanthus corners joined by a string of carved flowers.
The lower section comprising of three long graduated drawers, the top being a secretaire, opening to reveal an arrangement of drawers and pigeon holes. The bottom moulding again with expressive carved acanthus corners, this time joined with a carved egg and dart moulding. The stands on bold cabriole legs with carved hairy paw feet.
Height: 76 in (193 cm)
Width: 44½ in (113 cm)
Depth: 22½ in (57 cm)
This piece has a wonderfully coherent and well-proportioned look and is similar to other pieces produced by Thomas Chippendale. This piece was featured in the 1953 Queen Elizabeth II Coronation edition of the Connoisseur magazine, where it was advertised by extremely well respected dealer, Jeremy Ltd, of London.
Private collection, UK
Jeremy Ltd, London
Illustrated in the Connoisseur Magazine Coronation Edition, 1953.