Secrétaire Cabinet of the Regency Period

Secrétaire Cabinet of the Regency Period

GEORGE OAKLEY OF LONDON (worked 1786-c.1819)
Secrétaire Cabinet of the Regency Period

Date & Origin c. 1810, England
Dimensions
H
170 cm (66 inc)
W
77.50 cm (30 inc)
D
42 cm (16 inc)
Provenance Attributed to Oakley on the basis of an Oakley piece in our collection, almost identical to recorded pieces made for Papworth Hall (qv).
Description
A Secrétaire Cabinet of the Regency Period
Firmly Attributed to George Oakley

Constructed in a finely faded and patinated goncalo alvez, having holly and purpleheart stringing; with satinwood to the secretaire interior; rising from tapered square section collared legs, the lower section, having an pair of enclosed fielded panel doors, houses a shelved interior flanked by Pharonic Herms; the lockable drop-down writing secretaire drawer is opened using elliptical gadrooned wood handles, and supported by brass quadrants; fitted with an arrangements of pigeon holes and drawers, holly inlaid; over, the two mirrored doors have Gothic astragals, enclosing a shelved interior; the triangulated pediment is adorned with palmettes, and the shaped acroteriae at the angles are conformingly decorated.
Literature
George Oakley (c.1760-1840) was established at 22 Southside, St Pauls Churchyard, and 8 Old Bond Street in 1786, with a partner, Henry Kettle; in 1800 the firm attracted the patronage of the Prince of Wales, and is discussed by Memnich in his idiosyncratic 'English Travels' written in 1807; Papworth Hall, Cambridgeshire, the estate of Charles Madryll Cheere commissioned Oakley to furnish the building, and a bookcase of a very similar form was supplied, as were wardrobes of a similar design to this bookcase; the Papworth Hall bookcase is illustrated in Frances Collard's 'Regency Furniture' published by the Antique Collectors Club in 1985.

References:
Frances Collard, 'Regency Furniture', published 1985 by the Antique Collectors Club, pp.107
Dictionary of English Furniture makers 1660-1840, published by the Furniture History Society pp.659-660
The 'Morning Chronicle' of 12 & 16 May 1799 records a visit by the Royal Family, and the Prince and Princess of Orange to the Oakley premises at New Bond Street. In 1802 they were granted the Royal Warrant.
Jourdain & Fastnedge, 'Regency Furniture ' London 1965
An Oakley cabinet ( ref no. W15:14-1930) in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Medium
Goncalo Alvez, Holly, Purpleheart, Satinwood, Glass Mirror
Condition
Excellent
Stock Code 8460
P.O.A
Dimensions
H
170 cm (66 inc)
W
77.50 cm (30 inc)
D
42 cm (16 inc)
Description
A Secrétaire Cabinet of the Regency Period
Firmly Attributed to George Oakley

Constructed in a finely faded and patinated goncalo alvez, having holly and purpleheart stringing; with satinwood to the secretaire interior; rising from tapered square section collared legs, the lower section, having an pair of enclosed fielded panel doors, houses a shelved interior flanked by Pharonic Herms; the lockable drop-down writing secretaire drawer is opened using elliptical gadrooned wood handles, and supported by brass quadrants; fitted with an arrangements of pigeon holes and drawers, holly inlaid; over, the two mirrored doors have Gothic astragals, enclosing a shelved interior; the triangulated pediment is adorned with palmettes, and the shaped acroteriae at the angles are conformingly decorated.
Stock Code 8460

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