Chippendale in Christie’s classic sale

To celebrate the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale, Christie’s classic week” sale on July 5 includes several pieces by the iconic cabinetmaker, including a 1772 dressing bureau coming to market for the first time.

The Indian rosewood and tulipwood bureau, which is expected to make up to £½m, is virtually identical to one supplied to Edwin Lascelles, for Harewood House, now in the V&A.

The Chippendale bureau in Christie's sale

It is believed to have been supplied to Robert Child for Osterley Park, and has descended through inheritance to the current owner.

Another sale highlight is a commode made for Sir Rowland Winn’s London house, which carries an estimate of £3-£5m. The lavish neoclassical commode broke the world auction record for his work when it sold from the Messer Collection at Christie’s in 1991.

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