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Rare George II Breakfront Walnut Chest on Stand c. 1730

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Rare George II Breakfront Walnut Chest on Stand c. 1730

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A particularly fine and early walnut chest on stand with several unusual and high quality original features including a concave breakfront, shaped and panelled sides, secret drawers hidden in the crossbanding of the drawer fronts and secret locking mechanisms hidden within the carcase.
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DIMENSIONS
37 inches wide, 22 inches deep and 58 inches high. The top lifts off the stand for ease of transport at about 25 inches from the floor. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c. 1730

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
A particularly fine and early walnut chest on stand with several unusual and high quality original features including a concave breakfront, shaped and panelled sides, secret drawers hidden in the crossbanding of the drawer fronts and secret locking mechanisms hidden within the carcase.

Solid oak construction throughout including back boards and top boards and the whole dressed in well figured walnut of excellent colour and condition with walnut crossbanding to the drawers. The drawers open smoothly and close properly, are very heavy with thickly hewn oak drawer linings with large dovetails and nailed up bottom boards. The two upper small drawers have tiny secret drawer compartments which are completely original and oak lined. When slid in place they are extremely difficult to see as they are concealed by the crossbanded borders of the drawers and whether for gold coins or jewellery they are an ingenious piece of cabinet work and a construction detail I have not seen previously.

The brass batwing handles are period and look right on the piece with a lovely colour and softened profile from centuries of use. These are George III replacements for the original snape fixed small brass drops and two of these original handles remain on the small flanking drawers on the stand. These drawers appear locked despite having nowhere for a key but they are released through two access points on either side of the main drawer. Once the chest drawers were locked the small secret drawers and these two side drawers would have defeated any burglar of the day and the chest was clearly made bespoke for someone who wanted to hide and protect valuable items.

The whole on lovely cabriole legs terminating in slipper feet with no breaks or repairs but with some restorations in our view. Original glue blocks in place, beautiful shaped waist mouldings, double mouldings to the drawer surrounds. Some small 19th Century restorations including a few replaced bearers and two slender corner braces added beneath the stand.

Of small usable proportions - extremely heavy and robust. Entirely usable with no wobbles or loose joints.

A very impressive and beautiful piece of early walnut which will light up any room. Numerous rare original features and an attractive warm and rich colour.