George I Green Japanned Bureau Cabinet Almost Certainly by John Belchier

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The cabinet-maker John Belchier, a Huguenot immigrant, was active in London between 1687 and 1753. His business moved to St. Paul’s Churchyard in circa 1717, when it was first recorded at the sun insurance archives.

Perhaps to avoid confusion with his competitors (such as Giles Grendey, whose japanned work is certainly very similar), Belchier labelled some but not all of the furniture that he produced. Amongst his labelled pieces is a red japanned bureau cabinet of identical form, supplied to Erddig in Wales.

The layout of the bureau section in this item is identical. Only the cabinet section varies slightly, with the Erddig piece having fewer drawers, suggesting that it is perhaps a slightly cheaper version. The japanned decoration on the two cabinets also has many similarities.

This bureau cabinet retains virtually all the original metalwork. Two small escutcheons and a number of brass straps securing the loop handles are repla cements. The turned bun feet and the giltwood finials are original. The mercury silvered bevelled mirror plates are 18th century replacements.

Most japanned work is either black or red: Green is one of the rarer colours.

Price: £100,000 +
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
circa 1715
Early 18th Century
89.96 in. H x 28.94 in. W x 23.03 in. D
229 cm H x 74 cm W x 59 cm D
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
Reference Number
Ronald Phillips
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