Description: Of compact form with swan’s neck pediment terminating in foliate roundels framing a bust-plinth and finely carved fretwork panel. The upper case with a pair of glazed astragal 15 panel doors enclosing adjustable bookshelves.
The lower case of serpentine outline, the secretaire drawer with hinged fall and lined with silk velvet, enclosing a well fitted interior of small drawers, pigeonholes and a small hinged compartment to the front. The shaped panel doors below concealing two short lead-lined and two long drawers, all standing on well-shaped bracket feet.
The piece appears to retain its original hardware throughout.
Location of Origin: England
Dimensions: Height: 90 ins; Width: 40 1/2 ins; Depth: 22 ins
Primary Classification: Decorative Arts and Furniture : Furniture : Secretaries, Breakfronts, Book cases
Secondary Classification: All Works of Art By Theme : By Style / Period : Georgian
Expertise: The hinges of the fitted secretaire drawer bear the H. TIBATS stamp which has been noted on a number of distinguished pieces of case furniture dating from the mid-18th century including the renowned “Messer Cabinet” attributed to Thomas Chippendale.
The stamp almost certainly refers to Hugh Tibbatts, listed a hinge and sash fastening maker of Bell Street Wolverhampton.
Provenance: The quality of this secretaire bookcase and its intimate size would suggest that it was commissioned for one of the principal bedroom suites of Norfolk House.