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English George III Inlaid Mahogany Serpentine Chest of Drawers c. 1800(85 views)
ENGLISH GEORGE III INLAID MAHOGANY SERPENTINE CHEST OF DRAWERS, Circa 1800
Item # 602JHW06Z
A most handsome chest of drawers in every regard, the case is just glowing under the hand rubbed shellac finish with a deep ruby patination throughout. The top is crafted of two planks of mahogany with a shaped front and turret corners to conform with the case, the edge beautifully reeded around three sides. It is affixed to the case from beneath with a series of rosehead nails through the topmost drawer blade and flanking fore-aft runners. The four graduated drawers are framed in notched stringer-inlays around the replaced ovular stamped brass pulls, these being period correct but probably originally being brass knobs instead of oval pulls. A very pleasing and mellow horizontally grained mahogany was carefully selected by the craftsman for all of the drawers, each operating smoothly in and out of the case, the oak secondary wood hand dovetailed at the front and rear corners with the bottom board set in grooves on either side. Reeded edging continues in each drawer blade between the drawers and is completed by wrapping around the vertical reeded corner columns in little rings. Restorations were completed on this chest, probably around the first quarter of the 20th century, at which point some repairs to the molding and replacement of the backboards likely occured. The result is a chest that remains in exceptional visual condition. It is a most magnetic strike point, the regular waxing over two centuries having lent a silkiness to the wood that is irreplicable. It is a classic piece that defines an interior in a most dramatic way.
Measurements: 39 3/8"ÂÂ H x 46 1/2"ÂÂ W (at front corners) x 23 3/4"ÂÂ D
Condition Report: Beautiful early (not original) deep hand rubbed finish with fine patina. Typical blemishes, surface cracks, scars, veneer chips (base molding) and wear as expected. Cockbead molding loss and patching around drawers. Left side of case with some curving to back strip at bottom corner, triangular patch to base molding (16 1/4"ÂÂ L), glue residue from old repair front (left) corner. Right side of case with shrink crack, back corner of base molding terminated early to allow replaced backboard to complete the corner, triangular patch to back corner of base molding (9"ÂÂ L) - backboards are replaced. Burn loss to rear left back edge of top. Replaced brasses and escutcheons, no key. Base (underside) notes: We are not entirely certain about the original base configuration after spending a great deal of time studying the underside. The front edge is very early pine, the thick secondary woods conform to the serpentine of the base and are a stacked (laminated) core beneath the veneers; this appears to be untouched with period correct nails affixing the laminated layer. The entire underside is finished in a later red washed stain, making examination of blocking for originality difficult; the open squares in the rear corners and the bore holes beneath the front corners leave a question about whether it once sat on feet. Our own assessment is that we believe the base is original and that the chest did not sit on feet, that the open squares in the rear corners were for corner blocks that helped support the back corners at one point; however, you should examine the photos for your own assessment if the original configuration is important to you. The overall result is most pleasing regardless.
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