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GOTHIC REVIVAL oak bookcase

The Millinery Works


Attr to Richard Norman Shaw An Architectural, Muscular Gothic Revival, oak bookcase, two glazed doors over a two door cupboard, carved, stylised foliage to the cornice, chevron carving and stepped chamfering to the frame, coved cornice with minstrels and muses representing music and literature, painted over gilding, each glazed door with pair of trefoil arches with turned column support and with pierced, glazed lights to the spandrels and to the brackets, each cupboard door with nine chamfered, fielded panels, deep panelled sides with stepped chamfering, panelled back, chased and pierced brass hinges (stamped 'Cox & Cox, Southampton') and handles, "S35" stamped to cupboard door, attributed to Richard Norman Shaw, circa 1875, 257cm (101in) high, 147cm (58in) wide, 49cm (19.5in) max deep. See Jeremy Cooper: Victorian and Edwardian Furniture and Interiors p. 360, Charlotte Gere and Michael Whiteway: Nineteenth Century Design p. 87 showing Shaw's celebrated secretaire exhibited at the 1862 International Exhibition, South Kensington, with the same turned columns and paired Gothic arches.

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