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Regency Breakfront Library Bookcase

Regency Breakfront Library Bookcase

By Benjamin Cottee of Witham

England

circa 1832

The library bookcase was actually made by Benjamin Cottee's son, James Cottee, and another cabinet maker employed by the firm, William Clarke, and bears both of their pencil signatures and the date of manufacture to the interior carcass. It was made for the offices of Maldon Rural District Council.

The extravagance of very expensive, highly figured matched veneers together with the use of architectural mouldings and embellishments of the late-Regency period, juxtaposed with the use of a much earlier style Chippendale ?13-pane? glazing arrangement, confirm that this was indeed a commissioned piece for a very valued and probably opinionated client for what was locally a most prestigious building. The library bookcase retains all of its original features and is in excellent condition.

Dimensions

Height 214.00cm (84.25 inches)

Width 305.00cm (120.08 inches)

Depth 51.00cm (20.08 inches)

Stock No: 2736

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