GRATTAN SECRETAIRE CABINET

Mahogany secretaire cabinet, the cornice panelled and with chequer-banding simulating a dentil moulding, projecting tableted front angles either side, above a pair of glazed doors flanked by reeded columns with tall acanthus capitals, the glazing bars with arched top sections topped by a leaf-carved central stile, the interior with three adjustable shelves, the lower part with distinctively panelled and cross-banded secretaire drawer and pair of doors, the secretaire with a fitted interior of drawers and pigeon-holes and with inset tooled leather writing surface, on turned reeded front bun feet and bracket back feet. English, c. 1815.

Height  96"  (2,44m).

Width  43"  (1,09m).

Depth  22"  (56cm).

 

 

Provenance :-  By descent in the family of Henry Grattan (1746-1820), Irish statesman and noted orator.

Henry Grattan was born in Dublin, studied law there and in London, and was an M.P. in Westminster from 1775, firstly for an Irish seat, Charlemont, and from 1805 for Malton in Yorkshire. He was a noted orator, and his advocacy of Irish rights in the House of Commons is thought to have been crucial in securing legislative independence for Ireland. He lived in London for the last fifteen years of his life, in Baker Street, and he is buried in Westminster Abbey, next to Charles James Fox, in the North Transept.

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