Blanket chests were very popular during throughout the centuries from the seventeen to the nineteenth in particular. Over the years, drawers were added to the basic form of a blanket chest, increasing the height, and gradually a different piece of furniture evolved called the mule chest. The drawers in a mule chest were used to store slippers called “mules” by the colonists. In their crude fashion, these chests were the counterpart of the elaborate coffers, and caskets owned throughout Europe by wealthy families. Many households would not do without one of these chests as few homes had a source of heat within the bedroom.
The Georgian family that owned this piece of furniture would have painted it with the idea of it simulating plum-pudding mahogany and thus, make them appear wealthier. Ironic now that this type of paintwork is arguably more prized commercially than a mahogany example from this period.
If surface texture and patination is your thing (which it should be!) then it doesn’t come much better than this.