A fine late 18th Century George III Satinwood and sabicu ladies writing cabinet with important provenance. (Possibly by George Simpson)
English London made – Circa 1785
Exhibited by W. R. Harvey in their Old Bond Street showrooms in 1986 and 1987, the piece being chosen to be advertised in Country Life magazine in 1986 and in the Grosvenor House Antiques Fair catalogue in 1987.
A private European collection.
This very elegantly drawn writing cabinet is constructed with the finest cuts of satinwood, banded with sabicu and strung with boxwood. The shaped and inlaid pediment with vase finials above a pair of glazed doors with patera-inlaid scrolled lower supporting brackets, over a pair of doors inlaid with oval mahogany panels enclosing pigeonholes, drawers and central lockable door. The lower section writing desk with in-curved front corners, with pull out writing drawer fitted with ratcheted reading slide, pen and crystal ink wells. The whole raised on slender tapering legs, headed with inlaid oval patera and strung with boxwood having collared feet.
An exceptional quality piece in superb original condition and of wonderful colour.
Width 34 inches – 86cm
Height 73 inches – 185cm
Depth 25 inches – 63.5cm