About this Piece
A figured mahogany and finely gilt library bookcase in the Chinoiserie taste, the finely acanthus and floral basket carved pierced and gilt cornice above unusual astragal glazed doors, the base with three frieze drawers above four subtly parquetry inlaid cabinet doors each enclosing an adjustable shelf, on a plinth base.
In 2007, HRH The Prince of Wales formed a consortium to purchase Dumfries House - one of the country's most notable heritage properties. The previous owner, the 7th Marquess of Bute had decided to sell the house, and following unsuccessful attempts to raise the necessary monies, it was offered for sale through Savills. This would have meant breaking up the important collection of art and furniture which had been built up over generations since its completion in 1759. HRH The Prince of Wales was keen for this not to happen, and for the benefit of the country has ensured that the house and the key pieces of its collection will remain together.
Perhaps one of the most celebrated pieces in Dumfries House is a Chippendale Bookcase, estimated to be worth around £12m - making it the most valuable piece of furniture in the world. Originally the piece cost £47.5s and is described in Chippendale's invoice as "a Rosewood Bookcase wt. Rich carv'd and gilt ornam'ts on the top & doors a Writing drawer in the underpart & a Cloaths press & drawers at each End". It really is a stunning tour de force of Chippendale's design and showcases the incredible skill of 18th century cabinet makers.
Brights of Nettlebed are the UK's longest running reproduction and replica furniture suppliers. Thanks to a recent partnership with Theodore Alexander, Brights are delighted to be able to offer a beautiful, hand-built replica of this truly stunning piece of British furniture history. We are confident that Thomas Chippendale himself would have struggled to tell the difference!
Brights of Nettlebed is proud to present this item, which is part of our Glazed bookcases & Display cabinets range. The Chippendale style bookcase is £14,850 to purchase and can also be viewed in your nearest showroom as well. Brights carries a large range of Glazed bookcases & Display cabinets and other bespoke pieces can be commissioned on request. If you like more information on the Chippendale style bookcase, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Width: 67¾ inches | Depth: 22 inches | Height: 98 inches
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The taste for replica furniture can be said to have started in England in the 18th c. It is difficult to pin point exactly, because of course designers have always taken influence from something which has gone before. Technically, one might ascertain the Renaissance as the beginnings of the tradition. From this period, designers were taking inspiration from Greek and Roman designs and interpreting them in to furniture. Up until the reign of Queen Anne, the influences on furniture were continuations and refinements of Gothic and Baroque colloquial styles – Queen Anne style being very refined and light. After Queen Anne came George I, and through the reigns of subsequent Georges did furniture become more and more influenced by Neo Classical designs, imported from the continent by the new King, from Germany.
Brights of Nettlebed are the UK's longest running suppliers of replica and reproduction furniture - we are delighted to be able to offer beautiful, hand-built replicas of truly stunning pieces of furniture history. Some of the original designs have been slightly adapted to suit the demand of modern living – this is one of the benefits of owning a piece of replica furniture.
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