furniture maker: unknown;  in the style of: Chippendale; 

circa 1760
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bookcase, bureau, in two stages, arcaded and fretted cornice, fitted bureau interior with fretted door on central cupboard, Chinese pagoda roof above concealing secret drawers. The base containing three long and two short drawers rests on ogee bracket feet. The moulded cornice with arcaded frieze above two glazed doors, each with interlaced glazing bars, enclosing adjustable shelves, below the fall-front section of Gothic design enclosing an arrangement of drawers and pigeon-holes, below two short and three long graduated drawers on ogee bracket feet. A bureau bookcase consists of a bureau surmounted by a bookcase with glazed or panelled doors. The hinged flap folds down, resting on wooden supports, or lopers, to form a writing surface.

Bureau bookcase built in three sections (pediment, glazed cabinet and bureau [desk]). The pediment features arcaded moulding and a dental frieze above a panel of blind carved decoration. The glazed section consists of two full-length doors with glazing bars in the form of interlocking ovals with foliate paterae at the intersections; the cabinet is fitted with two adjustable shelves. The bureau section sits above two short drawers and three graduated drawers; the fallfront opens to reveal a series of letterholes, shaped drawers, at least two secret drawers and panels. Rococo style brass handles and escutcheons; ogee bracket feet; oak-lined drawers and pine carcass. The three constituent parts of this piece may be married, particularly as the top of the bureau section is polished and would appear to have originally been a separate item of furniture.
Maker and role
furniture maker: unknown
in the style of: Chippendale
Production place
Production date
circa 1760
Media description
Mahogany, Oak, pine, glass
Measurement details
height: 2220mm
width: 1015mm
depth: 520mm
Credit line
Foundation Collection, 1989
Project credit line
This digital record has been made available on TJC Collection Online through a significant donation from the OPENING DOORS fund, the generous support of The Friends of The Johnston Collection, and Digitisation Champion Christine Bell
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