George III Crotch-Mahogany Bookcase Cabinet, England c. 1780
GEORGE III CROTCH MAHOGANY TWO-PART BOOKCASE CABINET
England, circa 1780; of unusually thin depth and proportion
Item # 711BNP18A
Of an unusually attractive thin profile, this George III period bookcase cabinet was likely a product of London circa 1780. A perfect balance of proportions allows the cabinet a delicate and yet robust presence; the craftsman chose some of the most vibrant crotch-mahogany panels to highlight the doors, these clearly cut from the same tree in order to bring symmetry; each is inverted to allow the flowing of the inside grain to swell upward. A thin reeded brass molding seals the joint between both the lower panels and the upper doors, these opening to reveal an adjustable series of shelving backed by silk. The upper cabinet lifts free of the lower cabinet, this with original brass hinges that allow the doors to easily swing open to access a single shelf with three notches for adjustment. Remaining in very fine original condition throughout, the cabinet rests over original ogival feet while the untouched back boards are covered in an early ochre wash that protects the pine from insect damage.
This rare form is a cherished acquisition for the classical interior where the slight depth allows it to be a powerful part of the architecture without overwhelming a room.
Measurements: 87” 1/2” H x 45” W x 12” D
Early refinish with old scars and surface abrasions throughout as expected. Retaining original hardware and locks, one early key. Feet original (proper right front foot with some minor inactive pest damage) and structure untouched. Silk added inside of cabinet, this with some discoloration. Some graying of finish on proper left crotch mahogany panel.