19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock
19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock
19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock
19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock
19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock
19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock

19th Century Oak Breakfront Bookcase Attributed to G Bullock

c. 1800 England

Offered by Windsor House Antiques Ltd

£43,000 gbp
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An excellent oak and burr oak breakfront bookcase. The timbers finely figured , the waist molding with the original verte d'antico marble. The hipped pediment with stylised anthemion leaves and scrolls. The moldings of fine cast and chiseled gilt bronze. Attributed to George Bullock.
A bookcase of quite exceptional quality.
George Bullock was born in Birmingham, where his mother ran an exhibition of wax models in the late 1790's. His brother, William Bullock, opened a museum of curiosities in the city in 1800. He moved it to Liverpool the next year, and George went with him.
By 1804, George Bullock had left his brother's museum, and gone into business with a looking-glass maker called William Stoakes. They advertised themselves as "Cabinet Makers, General Furnishers and Marble Workers", trading from a showroom called the "Grecian Rooms" in Bold Street, Liverpool. Around 1806, Bullock dissolved his partnership with Stoakes and took over the Mona marble quarries at Llanvechell on the island of Anglesey for a lease of £1000. The marble was shipped to Liverpool, where it was used for chimneypieces and other decorations. He used it widely in his furnishing schemes, such as the refurbishment of Thomas Johnes’ house at Hafod. He also supplied marble to other sculptors.
At about this time, a guide to Liverpool described his Grecian Rooms as offering "an extensive assortment of elegant and fashionable furniture; as also, statues, figures, tripods, candelabra, antique lamps, sphinxes, griffins, &c., in marble, bronze, and artificial stone." Bullock also stocked "a good collection of ancient and modern busts; among the latter, those of many of the most distinguished characters in Liverpool and its neighbourhood, modelled by himself."

Following the success of his company he moved to London in 1813, becoming director of the company. These marbles were used in the monuments to the Rev Glover Moore in St Cuthbert's in Halsall, Lancashire, and to Anna Maria Bold in St Luke's in Farnworth, Lancashire. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in London and the Liverpool Academy between 1804 and 1816. He was the President of the Liverpool Academy in 1810 and 1811. He also undertook commissions for his furniture designs, notably for Sir Walter Scott and for the government, to provide furnishings for Napoleon's exile on St. Helena.
Dimensions
Height 84.00 inch (213.36 cm)
Width 87.00 inch (220.98 cm)
Depth 22.00 inch (55.88 cm)
Stock Code
2907
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