Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790
Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790

Antique George III Inlaid Mahogany Chest on Chest c1790

c. 1790 England

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This is a beautiful antique George III mahogany chest on chest circa 1790 in date.

It is of bow fronted form and is beautifully decorated with symmetrical swag marquetry. The drawers are elegantly crossbanded in rosewood.

The upper section has two short drawers over three long graduated ones, the lower section has three long graduated drawers. All drawers are oak lined.

The chest is raised on elegant splayed bracket feet and has its original brass handles.

There is no mistaking its unique design and superb quality, the mahogany is of superb colour and patina, and it is certain to attract attention wherever it is placed.


Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.


Dimensions in cm:

Height 187 x Width 112 x Depth 58

Dimensions in inches:

Height 6 feet, 2 inches x Width 3 feet, 8 inches x Depth 1 foot, 11 inches
Mahogany
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.

Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.

Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.

Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).

Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct.


Marquetry
is decorative artistry where pieces of material (such as wood, mother of pearl, pewter, brass silver or shell) of different colours are inserted into surface wood veneer to form intricate patterns such as scrolls or flowers.

The technique of veneered marquetry had its inspiration in 16th century Florence. Marquetry elaborated upon Florentine techniques of inlaying solid marble slabs with designs formed of fitted marbles, jaspers and semi-precious stones. This work, called opere di commessi, has medieval parallels in Central Italian "Cosmati"-work of inlaid marble floors, altars and columns. The technique is known in English as pietra dura, for the "hardstones" used: onyx, jasper, cornelian, lapis lazuli and colored marbles. In Florence, the Chapel of the Medici at San Lorenzo is completely covered in a colored marble facing using this demanding jig-sawn technique.

Techniques of wood marquetry were developed in Antwerp and other Flemish centers of luxury cabinet-making during the early 16th century. The craft was imported full-blown to France after the mid-seventeenth century, to create furniture of unprecedented luxury being made at the royal manufactory of the Gobelins, charged with providing furnishings to decorate Versailles and the other royal residences of Louis XIV. Early masters of French marquetry were the Fleming Pierre Golle and his son-in-law, André-Charles Boulle, who founded a dynasty of royal and Parisian cabinet-makers (ébénistes) and gave his name to a technique of marquetry employing brass with pewter in arabesque or intricately foliate designs.

Rosewood is a rich warm reddish brown wood that has a distinct grain with dark brown and black outlining. One variety of Rosewood can vary significantly from another even though it is of the same species. These Rosewoods, native of India, South East Asia and Brazil, were dense and awkward to work with. It was renowned for quickly bluntening cutting tools and visibly darkening in colour when over prepared.
The Brazilian species of Rosewood was by far the most beautifully figured and therefore it became the most sought after and rare. This was the wood of choice for the great box makers, David and Thomas Edwards who used it to veneer some of their finest pieces.



Our reference: 06117
Stock Code
06117
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