Origin: Irish Period: George II Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1740-50 Height: 85” Width: 41” Depth: 23.5” (all at extremities)
Of a super rich colour and unparalleled quality, the George II period mahogany bureau bookcase having a moulded cornice above a pair of shaped cupboard doors inset with sparkling mercury glass bevelled mirrors and moulded gilded slips, opening to adjustable shelves, secret drawers, and pigeon holes; the base with a slanted front opening to a fitted interior over four long graduated drawers with winged putti brass drop handles, the whole raised on ogee bracket feet and surviving from the second quarter of eighteenth century Ireland.
The piece is in good clean overall structural condition and there are no issues with stability. She has been polished at some point over the last decade or so with a very healthy rich patina and colour. The original keys aren’t present but they some replacements will be provided on sale. There are no problems with the drawers or shelves with the bevelled mercury glass mirrored doors shimmering beautifully in the light showing foxing and spotting.
Irish furniture of this period is highly prized due to its wonderful no holds barred quality; wit the extreme socio-economic polarity that existed in Ireland for centuries it resulted in a large population of poor and a small percentage of elite, with virtually no known middle class. This class structure was reflected in the furniture created during this time. While most did not have access to quality pieces, the privileged class commissioned furnishings that were unmatched in craftsmanship. Since few could afford such furnishings, not many were ever created.
Timeless in every sense, and exemplary of high-quality Irish furniture.