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Regency Rosewood and Brass Chiffonier, after Designs by John Mclean

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An important early 19th century Regency period rosewood and brass inlaid breakfront chiffonier, having mirrored galleried upper part with fretwork and column sides, above gilt brass edged top and frieze drawers with inlaid swag and phoenix panels, flanked by gilt brass female heads. The chiffonier having four silk pleased doors, flanked by tapering brass panels, ending on toupie feet. Height including upper part: 54.5 ins (139cms) depth at centre: 16 ins (41cms). Further Information: The firm of John McLean and Son advertised that it specialised in ‘Elegant Parisian Furniture’ and they had their workshop in Little Newport Street, nearby Leicester Square, from 1770 to its closure in 1825. Only six surviving pieces bear his trade label and they display such a distinctive artistic personality that many similar unlabelled items can be confidently attributed to their workshops. The Cabinet has attributes such as a distinctive gilt brass edging and the applied female “Mask Heads”, which would attribute our cabinet to the firm of John McLean and Son. The pieces owe much to French influence, not only in their design but in their lavish use of delicate gilt brass mounts. The firm favoured dark rosewood, sometimes combined with boxwood stringing and satinwood crossbanding, but in later work the technique of brass inlay in the manner of Boulle is found, together with brass strips engraved with paterae and fronds. The cabinet work is of a consistently high order and the gilt mounts are finely chased. It is known that McLean supplied furniture for the 5th Earl of Jersey’s seat Middleton Park and his house in Berkeley Square and the Parker family for Saltram House in Devon. Other pieces of furniture can be found in important collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum and in the California Palace of the Legion of Honour. After the son William took over in 1815, the business went into decline and declared bankruptcy in 1825.

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    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    5650
  • Reference Number
    LU101342861892
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