December 04, 2021 09:00 AM EST Asheville, North Carolina


Labeled George III Linen Press, of Virginia Interest

London, circa 1765, mahogany, inside right top drawer with label "Philip Bell cabinet maker and upholder at The White Swan against the South Gate in St. Paul's Churchyard, London, n.b. funerals a. darly inv & sculp" uppercase with molded corners with Greek key design over two veneered doors, opening to an open interior, lower case with four drawers, on shaped bracket feet, 74-1/2 x 50-3/4 x 24-1/2 in.

Note: Philip Bell was one of the few English cabinet makers whose work can be documented as being imported into Virginia. Martha Custis patronized Bell prior to her marriage to George Washington, and the Washingtons continued that tradition through the 1760s. 

For more on Bells see Colonial Williamsburg curatorial notes (accompany lot)

Provenance:Purchased from Victor Mahy, 1979; Property Deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia; all proceeds to benefit the Collections Acquisitions Fund


good condition overall with rich, dark color, minor warping to upper doors, typical shrinkage cracks and warping to door panels, scattered veneer and molding repairs, lacking interior slides, appears to retain its original brasses, original feet with minor wear and abrasions

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000
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