The cabinet is made entirely of the finest quality dense and richly coloured Cuban mahogany, including its back boards and secondary timbers. It is enriched with the finest carving to the doors of berried laurel leaves. The cock beading around the drawers is pearl carved. The interior is fitted with a bank of three small drawers and three adjustable shelves.
A similar cabinet, supplied by Vile to the Duke of Leeds at Hornby Castle, Lancashire, England, and now in a private collection in London, shares many similarities, including the panelled side, leaf carved mouldings, pearl carved cock beading and mirrored doors.
Note: The cabinet retains all the original ornate brass handles. The bevelled mercury silvered mirror plates are of later date.
‘Hornby Castle - The seat of the Duke of Leeds’, Country Life, 14. July 1906, pp. 54-64.
Christie, Manson & Woods, ‘Fine Old English Furniture - Continental Porcelain - Old English Silver and Pictures by A. Canaletto - The Property of His Grace The Duke of Leeds’, sale catalogue, 10 June 1920.
R. W. Symonds, ‘Provincial Furniture of the XVI to the XVIII Centuries, illustrated by examples in the collection of Mr. Alfred Jowett of Killinghall’, Connoisseur, November 1940, p. 196, no. VIII.
Mallett & Son Ltd., catalogue, 2014, pp. 216-19.
Alfred Jowett, Hazelcroft, Killinghall, Yorkshire, England.
Private collection, Australia.
Mallett & Son Ltd., London, England.
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