Note: The interior is fitted with adjustable glass shelves of later date. The original timber shelves have been retained.
The source for this unusually shallow bookcase is plate LXV in the first edition of Chippendale’s Director. The base deviates from the design in being formed of legs rather than enclosed cupboards as suggested in the drawing. The unusual glazing bars, however, are virtually true to Chippendale’s design.
Literature: Thomas Chippendale, The Gentleman and Cabinet-maker’s Director, 1754, pl. LXV.
Private Collection, Switzerland.
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