Picture This XCVIII

Another item of interest in Bonham’s The Oak Interior sale in New Bond Street, London on the 28th of September 2016 is lot 198, an early eighteenth-century signed and dated oak bureau (figs. 1 & 2).

geo_ii_oak_bureau_by-william_palleday_c1730_01aFig. 1. Lot 198, an oak bureau by William Palleday, circa 1730. (Bonham’s)

geo_ii_oak_bureau_by-william_palleday_c1730_01cFig. 2. Drawer bottom bearing William Palleday’s inscription. (Bonham’s)

Bonham’s sold another, earlier bureau by Palleday (lot 69) on the 3rd of March 2011, bearing an almost identical inscription again, on a drawer bottom (figs. 3 & 4).

queen_anne_walnut_bureau_by-william_palleday_c1710_01aFig. 3. Queen Anne walnut bureau by William Palleday. (Bonham’s)

queen_anne_walnut_bureau_by-william_palleday_c1710_01cFig. 4. Palleday’s earlier inscription. (Bonham’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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3 Responses to Picture This XCVIII

  1. Paul Murphy says:

    I just happen to have Sir Ambrose Heal’s book, “The London Furniture Makers” sitting on my lap right now. I’m late returning it to the library, and I’ll have to pay a fine. Your post came at a good time. The book is alphabetized, so I just looked up Mr. William Palleday. I don’t think the book really says anything much, but in the interest of completeness, I’ll quote it verbatim:

    PALLEDAY, W., Cabinet-maker, at The Crown, in Aldermanbury.
    A label of this maker has been found inside a Queen Anne walnut bureau.
    c. 1710 (1)

    The 1 is a reference number, but it has little value. The reference is to “trade cards and bill heads in the author’s collection, and various public and university libraries.
    Thanks, Paul


  2. hughjengine says:

    Original feet?



    • Jack Plane says:

      The oak brackets are of a style that postdates the bureau by at least thirty years. Bonham’s say the walnut bun feet are replacements, but at least they are sympathetic with the period.



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