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
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.