Picture This V

I noticed a nice quality George II faded mahogany bureau coming up in Sotheby’s Important English and European Decorative Arts sale in New York on the 24th of April, 2013.

The bureau appears to have been well cared for and to be in good, untouched condition.

Geo_II_mahogany_bureau_c1750_02aLot 101, a George II mahogany bureau, circa 1750. (Sotheby’s)

Unbelievably, two of the bails are on back-to-front (click and enlarge the main picture to see  for yourself)!

Geo_II_mahogany_bureau_c1750_02bOne of two bails mounted back-to-front. (Sotheby’s)

It’s unusual for such an obvious faux pas to escape the notice of a prestigious auction house like Sotheby’s.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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6 Responses to Picture This V

  1. Eric R says:

    ahh, but a mistake like that doesn’t get past our own “Jack Plane”
    Good eye sir. Well done !


  2. Robert says:

    A real beauty. I see no sign of any inlay for the desk. The reason I say this is, all I have ever seen had Baize or leather embossed. What is your thinking on how customary is such treatment?


  3. David Andrew says:

    The continental heavily-ormolu decorated pieces were a bit much for me, but I did like the Gustav IV writing table (lot 37) in the Sothebys sale. Do you think there is only 1 central drawer and the flanking pulls are just decorative ?


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