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A Substantial George III Inlaid Mahogany Bowfront Sideboard

$14,500.00
ITEM #:
C103203
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A SUBSTANTIAL AND VERY FINE GEORGE III INLAID BOWFRONT SIDEBOARD
London, circa last quarter of 18th century
Item # C103203 


An unusually powerful and substantial sideboard with presence and poise, this cabinet projects deeply with a full demilune curvature.  The facade is arranged as a pair of outward swinging cabinet doors flanking a single board central drawer.  All are inlaid with complex fans in the spandrels, framing ovoid panels of rich grained mahogany.  Either end of the cabinet is fitted as a faux drawer replete with escutcheons and pulls to perfectly simulate the front of the case.  The central apron undulates beautifully in a way that coordinates nicely against the curvature of the top.  It retains a richness of patina and gorgeous mellowed cognac colouration that is most magnetic.  The body rests over tapered legs with stringer inlay terminating in spade feet.  It is a rich and inordinately fine object for the classical home.

Provenance:  A private Bethesda, MD collection; formerly Sotheby’s sale 7118, 16 & 17 April, 1998, lot 894

Measurements:  77 1/2 W x 35 1/2 D x 36 1/4 H

Condition Report:
Surface restorations, including some veneer patches around top, cuffs of legs and other veneer/inlay replacements; some color matching and filler, notably to some cracks in the doors that were very nicely restored.  Original hardware.  Legs spliced, probably replaced.  Retains a single working key.  Surface is beautiful with a fine patina and cognac colouration - age appropriate wear, abrasions, veneer/stringer losses, etc. as exepcted.