One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A piece of furniture having the line of its front broken by a curve or angle.as modifier ‘a breakfront bookcase’
- ‘The breakfront is nearly identical to a desk of about 1805 in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, that has a provenance in the Crown-insheld family of that city.’
- ‘The Sheraton mahogany breakfront partially visible at the left in Plate VII was made in Philadelphia about 1810.’
- ‘Among heavier items are a Victorian mahogany and bronze mounted sideboard, a William IV rosewood and specimen marble circular centre table and an early 20th century mahogany breakfront wardrobe.’
- ‘The furniture, mainly bought in the 1920s and 1930s, includes an early George III mahogany breakfront bookcase estimated at £7,000 to £10,000 and other pieces by Gillows.’
- ‘Taking size to another level altogether is lot 1377, a fine George III period mahogany breakfront library bookcase which comes with a provenance from the Synge Family Collection at Glenmore Castle near Arklow, Co Wicklow.’
- ‘The dining room also houses an inlaid mahogany breakfront bookcase or gentleman's secretary as the form was called by Sheraton.’
- ‘As I walk over to the breakfront I notice that there is a paper on the floor.’
- ‘The mention of Chippendale, the leading English furniture maker of the eighteenth century, leads us to one of Graham's most exciting acquisitions, the mahogany breakfront bookcase in Plate V, which Chippendale himself made.’
- ‘It is in fact a fine copy of the Louis XVI style, but elaborate innovations such as the pronounced breakfront covered in flowerhead and geometric trellis exclude it from being a superior piece.’
- ‘Hearing those two words when you don't have one conjures up an A. R. Gurney-approved environment of rectangular symmetry with mahogany veneer, a chandelier above, an Aubusson below, and a breakfront filled with Spode on the side.’
- ‘The Salem breakfront cabinet that Ellen gave the Redwood Library in 1883 came down in the Easton family.’
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