S. Redburn, 'John McLean and Son', Furniture History, 1978, vol.xiv, pl.41B
G. Beard, Belton House, the Lincolnshire Home of Lord Brownlow, The Connoisseur, vol. 152, 1963, pp. 213-219. J. Cornforth, 'Belton House, Lincolnshire, The Seat of Lord Brownlow', Country Life, September 3-17, 1964.
Chartwell Mansion, California, USA.
A superb quality and rare pair of Regency rosewood library tables. The tops bound with a brass Greek- Key gallery above a top drawer fitted with the original star handles, standing on lyre end supports.
This pair tables relates closely to the work of John McLean & Son, a cabinet-making firm who had workshops in London, Marylebone Street and Pancras Street.until 1825.
The use of gilt-lacquered brass mounts figures prominently in McLean's work. The particular detail of a star-form drawer pull also appears on a sofa table in rosewood by McLean, which is illustrated in S. Redburn, 'John McLean and Son,' Furniture History, 1978, vol. xiv, pl. 41B. The use of exceptional quality rosewood veneers, which provide a strong contrast to the gilt highlights, and the fine construction are other features which support an attribution to this workshop.
McLean supplied furniture to Carlton House for the Prince Regent, and there are documented examples at Saltram House, Devon.
This form of table by Mclean vary in size, but they all have the same brass Greek-Key gallery banded tops and distinctive anthemion escutcheons.
Other tables of this form attributed to Mclean, are in the Moller Collection at Thorncombe Park, Surrey, and in the collection of the Hon. Mrs Pretyman, Orwell Park, Suffolk. The Pretyman table was sold in 1995 at Sothebys.
Jerrold Perenchio 1930-2017
Perenchio.was an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Although best known for his involvment with Univision, an American- Spanish television network, he had a varied career and in March 1971 Perenchio promoted the Fight of the Century at Madison Square Garden that brought together two unbeaten world heavyweight boxing champions, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.
In late 2014, Perenchio announced that he would leave much of his art collection — at least 47 works valued at more than $500 million — to theLos Angeles County Museum of Art. His holdings include paintings by Claude Monet, Edouard Manet and Pablo Picasso.
At the same press conference, former Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said of Perenchio, "There is no citizen of this community who has been more generous, and has asked for less..."