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A WILLIAM AND MARY BUREAU CABINET ON STAND

circa 1695

An exceptionally rare and wonderful William and Mary period walnut desk and bookcase of diminuitive small proportions. The rectangular moulded cornice above two hinged doors, inset with their  original mirror plates, opening to reveal adjustable bookshelves, with candle-slides, above an overhung bureau top above two short and one long drawer. The fall opens, supported by concealed lopers, to reveal tiered drawers, pigeon holes and a velvet lined writing surface. The whole standing on faceted pillar legs, joined by an elaborate flat stretcher and standing on bun feet.  In wonderful original condition throughout.

 

Provenance

The Hague Collection. The collection of Sir Harry and Lady Lily Hague, The Chantry, Barnet Lane, Elstree, Hertfordshire.
Sotheby's London, Catalogue of Highly Important English Furniture......including The Property of Lady Hague....,
23 June 1961, lot 117


Sir Harry Hague (1881 - 1960) was the managing directio of A. Wander Ltd., the company that manufactured the malt drink Ovaltine. At the time of World War II, Ovaltine was one of the most popular brands in Britain, the official drink on the 1948 Olympics, and was taken up Everest by Sir Edmund Hilary in 1953.  Sir Harry invested the fortune he amassed in his art collection and employed the renowned furniture historian and connoisseur RW Symonds to advise him.
 

Stock number

Q01.09
An exceptionally rare and wonderful William and Mary period walnut desk and bookcase of diminuitive small proportions. The rectangular moulded cornice above two hinged doors, inset with their  original mirror plates, opening to reveal adjustable bookshelves, with candle-slides, above an overhung bureau top above two short and one long drawer. The fall opens, supported by concealed lopers, to reveal tiered drawers, pigeon holes and a velvet lined writing surface. The whole standing on faceted pillar legs, joined by an elaborate flat stretcher and standing on bun feet.  In wonderful original condition throughout.

 
Illustrated: Country Life - 11th Northern Antique Dealers Fair, 17 August 1961 (advertised with Quinneys Ltd.)
Illustrated: The Connoisseur, October 1961, p. XCIV (advertised with Quinneys Ltd.)
M. Jourdain, 'The Collection of Sir Harry and Lady Hague', Apollo, no. 45, 1947, pp. 38-40, 75-8, 82.
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