Carved Mahogany Bookcase with Twist-Reeded Columns
A fantastic quality English library bookcase on a grand scale. The molded cornice with a half-round band of floral and acanthus leaf carving on a dimpled ground. A wide panel of mahogany just below the cornice is centered by crisply executed carving depicting assorted flowers and oak branches tied at the center with ribbon. The upper section of the bookcase consists of open, fixed shelving flanked by twist-reeded columns just above a row of drawers. The central drawer of each section is again crisply carved with a floral motif. The paneled cupboard doors of the lower section conceal a fitted interior of fixed shelves and drawers bearing turned, ebonized handles. Each section of the lower portion also flanked by twist-reeded columns. The quality of construction throughout is of the highest quality. Provenance: Repton School, Derbyshire. Signed and Dated in pencil: J Gardiner, 11 October 1834, Hadleigh, Suffolk.