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A Dwarf Waterfall Bookcase

If you turn to page232 of the classic Norman Adams book on Georgian furniture you will see a small satinwood bookcase, of the type which has become known as a “waterfall” because of the cascade arrangement of the graduated shelves.

We currently have on display a slightly smaller mahogany example which is arguably even more elegant: in fact when viewed from the side it has a profile which, I would suggest, could not be improved upon. With such relatively simple design it becomes difficult to attribute to Sheraton or Hepplewhite, but a reasonable date would be around 1785.

It has stout carrying handles with original gilding, a lockable drawer, square tapering legs and castors with rollers of an oblate barrel shape. Height: 48”, width 19”, depth 12”.
 
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