George II Mahogany Bureau Cabinet Designed by William Kent

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The slender doors in the upper section flanking the central mirror each reveal 12 pigeon-holes. There are two adjustable shelves behind the mirrored central door. The carving on this cabinet is of outstanding quality indicative of the Hallett workshop. The ornate brass swan-neck handles are original. The beveled mirror plate is an 18th century replacement.

William Hallett, cabinet-maker to George II, was one of the leading craftsmen of his time. He became a silent partner with William Vile, who was trained by him and carried on as royal cabinet-maker with his other business partner, John Cobb.

A virtually identical cabinet, without doubt from the Hallett workshop, was formerly in the celebrated Percival D. Griffiths Collection at Sandridgebury in Kent. A further example, again with slight variations, was formerly in the collection of the furniture historian Helena Hayward OBE.

William Kent’s design for the cabinet sadly did n ot survive, but a fireplace also designed by Kent shares many identical features and is preserved in the Painted Parlour at Rousham House in Oxfordshire.

Price: £100,000 +
Place of Origin
Date of Manufacture
circa 1745
Mid-18th Century
96.06 in. H x 46.46 in. W x 23.23 in. D
244 cm H x 118 cm W x 59 cm D
Dealer Location
London, United Kingdom
Number of Items
Reference Number
Ronald Phillips
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