A George II Japanned Bureau Cabinet, Attributed to Giles Grendey
The broken pediment with dentil moulding, centred by a sun decorated pedestal, over further dentil moulded frieze, with shaped and bevelled mirrored doors with a void interior and shelves, above two candle lopers, with intricately carved gilt lacquer brass escutcheon mounts and handles, with four graduating drawers and bracket feet. The secretaire fall front opening to reveal a fitted interior with an assortment of pigeon holes and drawers, arranged around a central shaped mirrored small cabinet and lock, and secret compartment. With overall exceptional red japanned surface with extensive chinoiserie gilt decoration, including birds, figurative, and architectural motifs.
Attributed to Giles Grendey (1693-1780); comparable bearing the Grendey trade label is recorded in a private collection in Paris, formerly of the extensive Japanned collection of the Northern Spanish Dukes of Infantada at Lazcano, and illustrated in Ralph Edwards and Margaret Jourdain, “Georgian Cabinet-Makers”, rev.ed., 1946, p.107, fig.45 and rev.ed., 1955, p.145, pl.50. Two other examples of cabinets of this form are recorded; one formerly in the collections of the Earls of Warwick at Warwick Castle sold Sotheby’s New York, the other illustrated in F. L. Hinckley, “Queen Anne and Georgian Looking Glasses”, 1987, p.41, pl.15.
Height: 239cm high, 7ft. 10″
Width: 118cm, 3ft. 10½”
Depth: 67cm, 2ft. 2¼”