A most unusual mid 18th century mahogany secrétaire cabinet in the manner of Thomas Chippendale, having an exceptionally fine and elaborately shaped superstructure with pierced Chinoiserie trellis sides and back, with a platform and single shelf above secrétaire enclosing a bank of drawers and pigeon-holes above four graduated drawers with 18th century rococo replacement handles; on shaped ogee bracket feet. Note: The fall is fitted with an S-shaped escutcheon, a device often associated with the workshop of Thomas Chippendale. The feet have been tipped.
Literature: Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, revised edition, 1954, vol. I, p. 152, figs. 60-62. F. Lewis Hinckley, ‘A Directory of Queen Anne, Early Georgian and Chippendale Furniture’, 1971, p. 241, illus. 433. Christopher Gilbert, ‘The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale’, 1978, vol. II, p. 239, illus. 438. Peter Brown, ‘The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks’, 1987, p. 95, item 95.
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