Sir William Chambers' Doorcase

£45,000.00 + VAT

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the triangular pediment with dentil mouldings above the rusticated cushion moulded frieze centred by a keystone in Coade Stone modelled in relief with a female mask, the jambs constructed with alternating rusticated quoins,

Dimensions: 432cm (170") High, 244cm (96") Wide, 198 (78.5) wide at jambs, Aperture = 315 x 152cm (124 x 59.75

Chambers hadn't embarked on his big project Somerset House when his Berners Street development got underway. Incorporated in it was his own house. The impressive terrace was ornamented with various handsome doorcases of which this was one - they certainly echo the designs at Somerset House. The terrace survived until 1941 when it was badly bomb-damaged. The doorcase was then salvaged and tucked away in the cellars of another Chambers building where it remained, forgotten, until 2009. It has been discovered that under the many layers of paint the keystone is modelled in Coade Stone. As such, it is a very early casting of the artificial stone from Eleanor Coade's Lambeth factory as she founded the business in the same year as Chamber's Berners Street project: 1769.

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