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This fine example of a Victorian antique rosewood coal purdonium / scuttle is a rare find indeed and dates from around 1840. It is in the style and quality of a Gillows piece and has been designed to resemble a miniature chiffonier. This rare design was most probably a specially commissioned piece and manages, quite uniquely, to make an everyday item one of beauty! It has a brass turned gallery sitting on a small shelf above a wonderfully figured panelled back. Upright columns support the shelf and these have been given a guilt edge, typical of a Gillows piece. The 'chiffonier' top is also beautifully figured and sits over three faux drawers with delightfully turned handles. The whole front pulls forward to reveal a lead lined coal storage area. This wonderful piece stands on turned bun feet, the back and sides have also been beautifully finished with panels so it looks like the quality piece it truly is from any angle. The craftsmanship and design skills used in this antique purdonium are self evident, it really is a rare and unusual quality find. The rosewood is a rich medium shade with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Height: 89cm / 35"
Width: 49cm / 19½"
Depth: 37cm / 14½"
Ref No: 05847
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