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Escritoire

style of Thomas Sheraton (Stockton-on-Tees 1751 – 1806)

Category

Furniture

Date

1790

Materials

satinwood, paint, ivory and brass

Measurements

1525 x 705 x 495 mm

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Collection

Fenton House, London (Accredited Museum)

On show at

Fenton House, London, London and South East, National Trust

NT 1448772.1

Summary

A satinwood cylinder bureau cabinet, English, circa 1790, the upper section with moulded cornice above a pair of glazed and crossbanded doors enclosing two shelves, with a velvet lined interior, the lower desk section with cylinder slide cover and pull-out slide writing surface, both with ivory knob handles, the interior with an arrangement of pigeon-holes and drawers with ivory handles, the writing surface with a lift-up slope, a frieze drawer found below the cylinder cover with two brass oval handles, on octagonal tapering legs. The cylinder cover painted with a bouquet of flowers to the centre and with a floral border in grisaille, the lower frieze drawer also painted with flowers.

Provenance

This secretaire is illustrated in A. E. Reviers-Hopkins, 'Little Books About Old Furniture Vol. IV, The Sheraton Period - Post-Chippendale Designers, 1760-1820', fig. 55. The secretaire is also mentioned on p.101 - 'a satinwood secretaire, 5 ft. high and 27 in. wide, with cylinder front and upper part enclosed by glazed doors, is painted with floral designs. It stands on tapered legs of octagonal section. This pieces relies for beauty less upon its painted decoration than upon balance of structural design and delicate contrasts of inlaid work.' In the collection of Mr. George Stoner, West Wickham, Kent, Bequeathed by Lady Katherine Binning (1871-1952) with Fenton House in 1952.

Makers and roles

style of Thomas Sheraton (Stockton-on-Tees 1751 – 1806), cabinet maker and furniture designer

References

Little book about old furniture., A. E. Reviers-Hopkins, 'Little Books About Old Furniture Vol. IV, The Sheraton Period - Post-Chippendale Designers, 1760-1820', fig. 55.

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