C1765 Serpentine Fronted Chippendale Mahogany Chest of Drawers

$4,750.00 was $5900


Impressive Serpentine fronted George III chest of drawers in mahogany (and cedar!). This 18th century Chippendale style and period chest of drawers is rare. The cabinetmaking work to produce a serpentine front is considerable, and was very expensive. A dealer once said to me that there were 1000 block (straight) fronted chests for every bow fronted one, and that there were 1000 bow fronted chests for every serpentine one. While the figures will not be quite as convenient as that, it still focusses the mind on the rarity of Serpentine fronted 18th century chests. Presumably this has been in Australia a very long time, as at some point the mahogany top was damaged and replaced with an Australian Red Cedar one. Beautifully restored, it looks magnificent, and the drawers glide like butter. The drawer fronts are veneered in the most opulent flame mahogany slices, skilfully hand sawn.

83 cm tall,  111 cm wide and 64 cm deep.

Nevertheless, we will be closing the Bricks and Mortar shop in Clifton Hill at Christmas, and will be trading online only next year, so we need to diminish our stock of furniture. We also have some very grand museum pieces  to bring into the shop from the restorers' workshops. Hence there are wonderful bargains to be had!

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