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Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 988

Fine Victorian Paint Decorated Secretary Bookcase

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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attributed to Heywood Brothers, Gardner, Massachusetts, painting attributed to Edward and Thomas Hill, circa 1860, pine case elaborately decorated with polychromed and gilt devices on ebonized ground, case sides centering floral bouquets and oval landscapes, fall board centering a large summer landscape scene, fitted and painted desk interior, with five drawers, pine throughout with nailed construction, 86-1/2 x 48-1/2 x 22-1/2 in.

Note: The 1987 Christie's catalog notes "the secretary has been restored by paintings conservator Joel Zaow, New York." It is not known exactly what restorations were undertaken. Currently the surface is deeply and evenly crackled with some bitumen separation.

Provenance: Estate of Evelyn Frohman, Beverly Hills, California; Sold Butterfields, November 7, 1984; Lot 1173; Sold Christie's, New York, January 25, 1986, Lot 259; Sold Christie's, New York, January 24, 1987; Private Collection, New York City and Palm Beach


scattered retouch with some minor distress at edges of fall board, some possible loss of height at feet, some cracks and distress with repairs at side cornice moldings (one small molding loss), other molding restorations, shrinkage separations, cracks and other surface distress