An outstanding quality and exceedingly rare breakfront library bookcase incorporating a pedestal desk, attributed to Thomas Chippendale, of beautiful faded colour having a fretted, arcaded cornice supporting four carved urns above four astragal glazed doors, enclosing a cream moiré silk interior with glass shelves, above panelled doors with carved paterae in each corner, revealing four graduated drawers with original swan- neck handles to each side and a central leather lined pull-out pedestal desk with hinged flap on the reverse, with long drawer having a baize lined slide revealing fitted open compartments, small drawers and two secret drawers behind slides, above a bank of three graduated drawers left and right, with ornate lifting handles and original swan neck handles to the front; on a moulded plinth base.
Note: Glass shelves and lining of later date, the original wood shelves have been retained.
‘Country Life’ magazine USA, March 1936, p. 45, in situ The Warranton, Virginia, the estate of Colonel Albert E. Peirce.
Percy Macquoid and Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, revised edition, 1954, Vol. I, p.90, fig.30.
By repute, Dr. Harrison of York. M. Harris and Sons, London.
Colonel Albert E. Peirce, Virginia.
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