Each bookcase is now fitted with glass shelves but the original timber shelves have been retained. The lower section is fitted with two adjustable shelves behind each door. The centre doors to one bookcase were originally joined as one and are now two separate doors.
Originally a set of three, they were sold by Lock & Co separately The third larger bookcase is now in the collection at Cannon Hall in Yorkshire. Interestingly it has had the same conversion treatment to the centre doors.
These bookcases were originally part of the furnishings of The Times offices located in Printing House Square in London until they were removed in the 60s when the paper moved to other premises and it is possible that they were originally commissioned for these offices. The paper was founded in 1785 under the title 'The Daily Register' changing it's name to 'The Times' in 1788.
Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinetmaker and Upholsterers Drawing Book , London 1802, pl. 28. A design for a bookcase with almost identical pediment and carved swags.
G.M.Ellwood, English Furniture and Decoration1680-1800, London 1913, p.162. The large bookcase illustrated.
'The Times' newspaper, Printing House Square, London;
Lock & Co., Knightsbridge, London, 1963;
collection of Sir Colville Barclay, Pitshill House, Sussex.
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