The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017
A George II walnut and featherbanded chest of drawers, circa 1740
Sold for £20000
A George II walnut and featherbanded chest of drawers, circa 1740, attributed to Giles Grendey, the rectangular caddy moulded quarter veneered top, above a brushing slide and four graduated drawers, above shaped bracket feet, 79cm high, 80cm wide, 52cm deep
For a chest of virtually identical size, design and construction, and bearing the trade label of Giles Grendey, see Adam Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, Antique Collectors Club, 2009, page 104, plate 3:19. In addition, the unusual feature of hardwood rollers fitted to the feet, demonstrated by the example in Bowett’s book, is also present on the current chest being offered, although the actual rollers of the chest being offered are lacking. The cut out elements of the feet (for the rollers) and the construction and features of this part of the chest are also virtually identical to those demonstrated by the current chest. Whilst depending on photographs only from the example in Bowett’s book, it appears the current chest being offered could be as identical as one could expect. This strongly suggests the current chest was made in the same workshop.
Giles Grendey became an apprentice in 1709, and by 1716 taking on his own apprentices. He had a workshop in St John's Square, Clerkenwell from where he ran a successful, largely export business. He made a large selection of furniture to include tables, chairs and mirrors through to case furniture. One of his most well known commissions was for the Duke of Infantado, Lacanzo in Northern Spain where he designed a large suite of scarlet japanned furniture. Some of the pieces retained one of his labels or the initials of one of his apprentices. However, although it is known that he had a thriving workshop, firm attributions are rare, with little evidence of bills in country house records and few pieces still in existence bearing one of his two trade labels.
Marks, scratches and abrasions comensurate with age and use
old chips and splits, some old repairs.
The proportions of the locks vary from eachother so atleast some are associated, possibly all.
The handles are replaced. There are small holes present from the original set that have been neatly filled/ disguised. The current handles would typically date from circa 1750, the escutcheons are also likely replacements probably at the same time as the handles.
The side edges of the underside of the drawers have slender fillets of timber attached in order to aid the running of the drawers.
The rear panels appear original as do the feet. The rollers are lacking from the feet. Please see our catalogue footnote in reference to a virtually identical example bearing the label of Giles Grendey with the same arrangement to the feet also.
Please refer to additional images for visual reference to condition
Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am
Sunday 19 November
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Monday 20 November
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Tuesday 21 November
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