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Highclere Castle Cabinet

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Product Information

George III Painted Display Cabinet Bookcase with original paintwork made in oak and with the astragal glazing bars made of pewter with bronze rosettes. In the centre of the back there is secret compartment which is hidden by a panel which is counter weighted by sash weights. Provenance: The Carnarvon Family, Highclere Castle, Newbury which is used as the setting for the ITV period drama Downton Abbey. Highclere Castle has now become well known as the setting for the Downton Abbey ITV period drama. The 5th Earl, George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, (1866-1923) was an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist and discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun.  It would be interesting to think that he may have used the secret compartment in the back of this cabinet to hide some Egyptian artifacts that we know he bought back, with him, to Highclere.

Product Details

  • Circa: 1785
  • Period: George III
  • Height: 102 1/2 inches (260.5cm)
  • Depth: 14 1/2 inches (37cm)
  • Width: 56 inches (142cm)

Price: P.O.A.

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We deliver personally to Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.