A VERY RARE BLACK LACQUER PAPIER MÂCHÉ SIDE CABINET ATTRIBUTED TO HENRY CLAY

June 15 2009, 11:55am

English. Circa 1810. This magnificent cabinet is a handsome example of furniture employing lacquer decoration made in England at the start of the nineteenth century. The taste for lacquer in the furniture of the regency period remained chiefly confined to the Prince of Wales, later George IV, and his associates who were responsible for fostering its resurgence. The refinement and quality of the present cabinet suggests that it should be understood in the context of this circle of fashionable taste and patronage. The design of the cabinet is close to that of a low bookcase of circa 1808, illustrated in Clifford Musgrave’s Regency Furniture 1800-1830 (figure 1).