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A superbly figured Scottish William IV mahogany chest of drawers of unusual inverted break-front form, featuring magnificent turned Highland cattle horn knobs inlaid with mother-of-pearl, attributed to William Trotter of Edinburgh, circa 1830

Three inverted and recessed front deep drawers featuring highly attractive turned Highland cattle horn knobs inlaid with mother of pearl florets, surmounted by a single shallow 'hidden' top drawer. Each of the three deep drawers carved and beaded to the inverted front out of a single piece of three-inch thick Jamaican mahogany, the top molded out of a single plank of mahogany.

The original brass locking mechanisms on each drawer are patent stamped with the cipher of WR for William IV (1830-37).

 

William Trotter of Edinburgh (1772-1833):

Deemed to be the most important and successful Scottish cabinet maker, William Trotter of Edinburgh was known for his exceptional quality of materials and workmanship, which is evident here in the massive slabs of Jamaican mahogany which have been cut out of the solid wood and recessed and beaded for the drawer fronts. Another distinctive feature employed by Trotters workshop is demonstrated in the exceptionally fine and distinctively Scottish knobs made from turned Highland cattle horn and inlaid with mother-of-pearl - a remarkable process to have achieved almost two centuries ago, and equally remarkable to have remained in pristine condition.

Measuring 41-1/2 inches in width, 38 inches in height, 22 inches in depth

A rare George III mahogany domed tambour-top Cellarette, circa 1790

A rare George III mahogany Cellarette, 
with domed tambour top and removable metal ice bucket,
Circa 1790

This unusual tambour-top Gardevin, or Cellarette, also doubles as a Wine Cooler; the locking domed-top rolls back to reveal a fine mahogany interior with removable metal ice bucket. With heavy brass bale handles, and raised on square chamfered legs.

The term "cellarette" came into use during the eighteenth century at the time of cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite who describes the small portable wine cellar in his Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Guide of 1794 as providing internal compartments to carry bottles of wine and liquor. In 1803, furniture designer Thomas Sheraton refers to the piece as: "Cellaret, amongst cabinet makers, denotes a convenience for wine, or wine cistern". In the eighteenth century a cellarette was also referred to as a "Mahogany Butler for liquors", a "wine cooler", a "gardevin" or a "bouteillier/butler".

The word bouteillier - butler - was later standardized as a reference to the staff person exercising custodial responsibility over the bottles contained in a cellarette.

 

Retains original key.

 

Measuring 28 inches in length, 29 3/4 inches in height, 21 inches in width, 13 1/2" in depth.

Provenance: 

with Town House Antiques (St. Catherine's, Canada)

Collection of James Bisback & Jonny Kalisch (Toronto, Canada)

A fine William IV rosewood tilt-top breakfast table, or 'loo table', c1835

 

The finely figured rosewood circular tilt-top with moulded edge, above a lotus carved column and circular radially veneered rosewood platform base with boldly carved lions paw feet on brass castors.
Circa 1835

Also known as a "loo table" after the popular 17th century card game Lanterloo. By the turn of the 18th century, it was England's most popular card game and a favourite pastime of the aristocracy. Early 18th century loo tables are identified by their circular top with hinged-and-snap-lock mechanism fitted to a pedestal base, so that the table to easily be stored against a drawing room wall when not in play. This particular rosewood loo table was produced by the firm known to stamp the block table base with the phrase "IMPROV'D. CIRCULAR. LOO. TABLE.".

Measuring 77.5 cm in height, 129.5 cm in diameter (30 1/2 inches x 51 inches)

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A large Swedish Biedermeier flame mahogany corner cabinet, Karl Johan period, circa 1835

A superb & large Swedish Biedermeier
bookmatched Cuban mahogany corner cabinet,

Karl Johan period,

Circa 1830

 

Of unusually large size and particularly fine quality, the top with stepped edge above an ogee fronted locking long drawer, with rich Cuban flame mahogany quarter veneered and paneled locking single cupboard door below opening to reveal four mahogany shelves.  Raised on large curved bracket feet conforming to the curved stiles.

In exceptionally fine original condition with original working key.

Measuring 142.0 cm height, 88..0 cm width.

A pair of French Louis XVI-style tables de chenet, circa 1880

An attractive pair of painted Louis XVI-style bedside commodes

with original Carara marble tops

Circa 1880

The white Carara marble tops with moulded edges, above a single cupboard door, opening to a porcelain-lined interior, with an open lower shelf and raised on fluted square tapering legs.

Original 'french grey' paint and gilding, original bronze hardware.

Measuring 30 7/8" in height, 15 7/8" wide.

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A pair of American flame mahogany semainiers, New York, circa 1870

A pair of American flame mahogany semainiers, New York,
original hardware and locksets by Alonzo E. Deitz of Brooklyn,
Circa 1870

 

Fine pair of mahogany tall chests, each featuring five drawers veneered in striking flame mahogany with all original brass hardware. 

 

All locksets stamped A.E. Deitz, of Brooklyn, New York.  Alonzo E. Deitz worked at 73 Clymer Street from 1867-1912.  


Raised on turned and tapered legs.

Measuring 114.0 cm height, 53.5.0 cm width, 48.5 cm depth.