Regency Mahogany and Ebony Library Bookcase

GBP 12,500.00

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Object Description

No 11112

A superb quality early 19th century mahogany bookcase with a moulded, shaped cornice above a crossbanded frieze and two doors with rectangular panes and moulded ebony glazing bars flanked by conforming pilasters, the base with 2 drawers retaining the original floral moulded gilt metal handles above two panelled doors with ebony mouldings flanked by conforming pilasters and the whole raised on a plinth base.

The shelves to the top part are adjustable on both sides and the shelves to the base are fixed. The brass astragals between the doors are also original.

Circa 1820

Price: £12,500-00p

Height: 93 ¼”, 237 cms, Width: 54”,137 cms, Depth: 16 ¼”, 41 cms.

Object History

Provenance: Available upon request.

Marsh and Tatham: Despite several changes of name over time, (Elward & Marsh; Marsh & Baily; Marsh & Tatham; Elward, Marsh & Tatham; Tatham & Bailey; Tatham, Bailey & Saunders etc.), William Marsh and George Elward remained one of the most important and influential cabinet making companies of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. They produced fashionable items in the Anglo-French taste in the 1790s for Southill through to japanned furniture for the Brighton Pavilion in 1801 and Grecian inspired library furniture for Carlton House in 1806.
In keeping with numerous pieces by Marsh and Tatham in Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle and the Victoria and Albert Museum, the knobs on the drawers are not plain brass but detailed and gilt, once again pointing to these makers. Considering how the adjustable shelves slide in and out, and the additional work this involved, this must have been made for a special client who was both wealthy and had an important home. One may hypothesise that it could well have been one from a suite of bookcases made to house a library of artefacts collected on The Grand Tour.

Object Literature

Buckingham Palace (1991). Carlton House: The Past Glories of George IV’s Palace. London, UK: The Queen’s Gallery Buckingham Palace.
Furniture History Society (1986). Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840. Great Britain: W. S. Maney and Son Ltd.
Heal, A. and Symonds, R.W. (1953). The London Furniture Makers, from the Restoration to the Victorian Era, 1660-1840. London, Great Britain: Constable and Company, Ltd.
Gilbert, C. (1996). Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840. Leeds, UK: W. S. Maney and Son Limited.

Object Condition

Very good, showroom condition.

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