The Fine Sale | 22 November 2017

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Lot no.


Times New Roman;Ω A Victorian rosewood triple section clothes press , by J

Sold for £1200

Est: £1500–2000

Times New Roman;Ω A Victorian rosewood triple section clothes press , by J. Kendell & Co., circa 1840, the central pair of panelled doors opening to four sliding trays, above two short
and two long cedar lined drawers, flanked by turned pilasters, each cupboard to the side opening to hanging space, on a plinth base, bearing the makers paper label to the reverse with indistinct number and workmans name, 190cm high, 250cm wide, 60cm deep

J Kendell & Co were cabinet makers from Leeds, Yorkshire and who’s craftsmanship is seen to be on a par with that of Gillows. The firm was established between 1783 to 1840 and is listed in the G.Beard & C.Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, as an important Leeds maker. J Kendell & Co was eventually taken over by the well known firm of Marsh and Jones, later to be called by their better known name Marsh, Jones and Cribb. From the 1830’s J Kendall & Co adopted the policy of labeling furniture The craftsmanship of these pieces of furniture can be superb with very fine timbers used indeed. They did use simple woods like oak and mahogany but some of the best examples were in rosewood.

Provenance: Private collection from a Country House, Surrey

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Marks, knocks, scratches abrasions consistent with age and use,
The right hand door of the central press section is bowed slightly, the top corner lying slightly bowed,
The key present with the lot does not appear to operate the locks at present,
The moulding to the doors with old chips and knocks, this has 'dulled' down over time and is not glaringly obvious when viewed,
The drawers and slides all with ceder linings, these have not been waxed and retain good colour,
The plinth base with scratches and gouges where the doors have rubbed over the years,
Please refer to additional images for visual reference to condition

The Fine Sale

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 10.00am

Donnington Priory
Oxford Road
RG14 2JE


Sunday 19 November
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Tuesday 21 November
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