Important Eighteenth Century English Furniture
Harry Apter, Guy Apter
B.A.D.A. (The British Antique Dealers Association)
For 5 generations Apter - Fredericks have been acquiring some of the finest pieces of 18th English Furniture. From Queen Anne to Regency, the period when English craftmanship was at its height. Our spacious showrooms in the Fulham Road are the best place to start your search. A large dining table with seating for twenty or a breakfront bookcase can all be viewed in comfort. each piece is displayed with the respect it deserves.
An Important Mahogany Commode Attributed
to William Gomm & Son
This outstanding commode is strikingly similar to commodes supplied to Edward, 5th Lord Leigh at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire in circa 1763, the year he came of age. In this period the firm of William Gomm & Son, cabinet-maker and upholsterer of Clerkenwell Close, London, were the principal suppliers of furniture at Stoneleigh Park; the commission from 12 May 1763 to October of the following year totalled a substantial £818 9s (Ed. G. Beard, C. Gilbert, Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1986, p. 350). At least six 'Exceeding fine Serpentine Commode Dressing Tables' were supplied to Lord Leigh by William Gomm & Son, five of these were charged at 12 guineas each and one at 15 guineas.
The existence of a design for a related chest of drawers is included in Gomm's sketchbook dating from the early 1760s (now in the John Downs Collection, Winterthur Library, Delaware, USA), illustrated in L. Boynton, 'William & Richard Gomm', Burlington Magazine, June 1980, fig. 33, helps support the attribution of this group to Gomm. Significantly, the group include commodes that have been in major collections of English furniture and illustrated in some of the more significant books on the subject.
Commodes from this group are illustrated in R.W. Symonds, Masterpieces of English Furniture and Clocks, London, 1940, p.39, fig.28; another, with carving between the drawers formerly in the collection of Viscount Enfield, is discussed in P. Macquoid, The Age of Mahogany, London, 1906, p.146, fig. 129; another is illustrated in R.W. Symonds, Furniture Making in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England, London, 1955, pp.110-111, figs.163 and 164; and a final commode from Moccas Court, Herefordshire, sold from the collection of H. J. Joel, Childwickbury, Hertfordshire, Christie's House sale, 15 May 1978, lot 94.
English Circa 1763
Width 48" 122cm
Depth 25" 63.5cm
Height 33" 84cm
A Regency Period Bookcase
A highly refined Regency period bookcase incorporating numerous design elements from the work of one of the most significant designers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, the connoisseur, collector, designer, and author Thomas Hope (1769-1831).
English Circa 1815
Width 35" 89cm
Depth 16 ¼ " 41.5cm
Height 83" 211cm
A George III Gilt Wood Bracket Clock
of Great Rarity
The circular glazed Roman and Arabic-chaptered white enamel dial with pierced blued hands and strike/silent lever above XII. The four-pillar twin-chain fusee movement with tic-tac escapement and strike-on-bell. Four further pillars supporting a gilt barrel movement cover, pull cords to the sides for trip strike repeat and spring-loaded pendulum activation. The bezel engraved with trailing foliage, in a gadrooned and beaded drum-shaped case standing on flattened scroll feet and an inverted breakfront plinth with fluted frieze and flower-head panelled angles. The case flanked by laurel-swagged two-handled urns, each with a pine cone finial, on a tapering acanthus bracket with spray boss.
The back-plate signed John Raymond London.
English Circa 1780
Width 18 ¼ " 46cm
Depth 8" 20cm
Height 21 ½” 55cm
An Extremely Rare George III Mahogany Barometer
by Whitehurst of Derby
The silver dial within a highly carved circular frame with stylised acanthus carving below a tapering column surmounted by a carved capital and acorn finial.
English Circa 1775
Width 14" 36cm
Height 39" 99cms
A Regency Period Lacquer
This table, with its japanned iron top and papier mâché apron, belongs to a strikingly decorated and intriguing group of tables and side-cabinets about which surprisingly little is known.
English Circa 1815
Diameter 42" 106.5cm
Height 28" 71cm