Circa 1900, unusual French kidney shaped tall chest. The top with its red variegated marble has a three quarter wrap around gallery with open pierce work and a heavy top rail. The marble is contained in a brass bezel with a ribbed fore. The sides and the back of the chest are smothered in geometric parquetry made in various woods such as walnut and kingwood, which is framed with string inlay. At the front there is a configuration of 5 bow fronted drawers which are framed the same as the gables with satinwood framing and parquetry throughout. There is a very stylish escutcheon in the form of a circle with a swag and ribbons around it. Left and right there is a pair of cast handles again with ribbons on each end and a small swan curved handle with a cross over and foliate casting on it. Beneath the bottom drawer there is a small shaped apron with an ormolu mount in the Rococo style. On either side of the drawers there are shallow pilasters with ormolu mounts. The pilasters run down the front and at the end kick out and form the legs. The front legs are chamfered at the front and the back and finish with stylish carved sabots. The back legs are similar but without the sabots. The whole piece is clean, stylish and neat.
Size 111cm high x 61cm wide x 40cm deep.