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P1200290

Friday 02 September 2016

Commencing at 11:00am

Bedford Auction Centre

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Friday 26th August – 5pm to 8pm,
Saturday 27th August – 9am to 1pm,
Thursday 1st September – 9am to 6pm,
Morning of sale from 9am

To be included in our sale on Friday 2nd September

P1200271

A George I secretaire-chest and cabinet, stained in the ‘Mulberry’ manner, bearing the label G. Coxed and T. Woster, h. 180 cm, w. 108 cm, d. 57 cm  Dr Adam Bowett has kindly provided the following information:   This secretaire-chest and cabinet bears the trade label of Grace Coxed and Thomas Woster, who managed the White Swan workshop in St Paul’s Churchyard between 1719 and 1735. Nine labelled pieces from their partnership have been recorded, and this piece brings that number to ten. The use of stained burr maple veneers in conjunction with rosewood crossbanding and white metal stringing, although not exclusive to the White Swan workshop, occurs on about half its recorded output.   Grace Coxed inherited the White Swan workshop from her late husband, the cabinet-maker John Coxed, who died in December 1718, and she also continued his practice of labelling furniture. John Coxed’s will stipulated that Grace should go into partnership with his brother-in-law, Thomas Woster, and under their joint management the White Swan workshop thrived until Grace’s death in August 1735. During that time the firm used three different labels to mark their output, of which this is probably the earliest version, dating from c.1719-25. Two other pieces with this label are known: a walnut bureau-table in the collection at Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia, and a burr maple desk-and bookcase in a private collection.    In the 1720’s the secretaire-chest and cabinet was still a relatively new design. Two walnut-veneered versions bearing John Coxed’s label are known and another walnut example bears one of the later versions of the Coxed and Woster label, but this is the first burr maple example to be recorded.  Literature: Adam Bowett and Laurie Lindey, ‘Labelled Furniture from the White Swan Workshop in St Paul’s Churchyard’, Furniture History, XXXIX (2003), pp. 71-99.

Estimate: £8000 – £12000

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