Antique English Georgian Regency Figured Mahogany Inlaid Linen Press Chest Wardrobe (Circa 1820)


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Object Description

This is a stunning quality large antique English Georgian Regency linen press, constructed from figured mahogany, satinwood and ebony inlay, boasting a secret cornice drawer, circa 1820, in excellent original condition.

• Item: Linen Press
• Circa: 1820F
• Period: George III – Regency
• Provenance: England, UK
• Wood: Figured mahogany
• Moulded cornice (incorporates secret drawer)
• Lovely quality figured mahogany door panels
• Original brass door latches and lock with working key
• Six original sliding trays (top section)
• Two-over-two drawer configuration (bottom section)
• Original brass key escutcheons
• Original brass swan neck handles & escutcheons
• Working locks & key
• Original backboards
• Original splayed feet
• Fantastic solid construction
• Superb quality
• Lovely colour & patination
• Dismantles into 3 sections – easy access into rooms
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

This is a stunning quality large antique English Georgian Regency linen press, constructed from figured mahogany, satinwood and ebony inlay, boasting a secret cornice drawer, circa 1820, in excellent original condition. This linen press incorporates a detachable moulded cornice to the top, decorated with satinwood and ebony inlay, featuring a secret drawer within the cornice itself. We have seen many linen presses in our time but never one with a secret drawer in the cornice! The secret drawer can be accessed by removing a wooden peg and inserting it through the hole on the underside of the cornice to lift the base clear of a stopper, to allow you to open the secret drawer. This secret drawer is a perfect hiding place for valuables such as jewellery or money, as you would never know this drawer existed unless you owned the linen press!

The top section comprises of two lovely solid figured mahogany panel doors, decorated with ebonised inlay. The left-hand door retains its original brass sliding latches, while the right-hand door features the original working lever lock (with working key) and brass closure strip (a sign of quality). The top section opens to reveal a bank of six original sliding linen trays, constructed with pine drawer linings and bottoms. These trays provide lots of storage space for linen and clothes. The base section comprises a two-over-two drawer configuration, with further plentiful storage space. The drawer sides are pine lined and hand-dovetailed, therefore constructed in the original manner. The drawer bottoms retain the original Regency blue rice paper, which is nice to see. The drawer fronts are decorated with elegant figured mahogany fronts, cock-beaded detail, whilst retaining the original brass oval plate handles and backplates, key escutcheons and working locks (with key). The linen press is raised on its original splayed bracket feet (which is rare to see, as these are usually replaced with changing fashions or get damaged over time) above a shaped and reeded frieze. The linen wardrobe also features the original pine backboards. The linen chest dismantles into three sections (cornice, top and base) allowing easy access up the staircase and into the bedroom.

This Regency linen press features a rich red-brown mahogany colour. It has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This Georgian mahogany linen chest is an excellent investment but is also very practical for storage and would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the bedroom. This item would certainly grace any home.

Total Height (top and base) = 210cm or 82⅝” or 6ft 10⅝”
Top Height (including cornice) = 123.3cm or 48½” or 4ft 0½”
Top Height (excluding cornice) = 106.2cm or 41¾” or 3f 5¾”
Top Width = 113.8cm or 44¾” or 3ft 8¾”
Cornice Width = 123cm or 48⅜” or 4ft 0⅜”
Cornice Depth = 55.9cm or 22” or 1ft 10”
Top Depth = 51.2cm or 20⅛” or 1ft 8⅛”
Base Height = 87.8cm or 34½” or 2ft 10½”
Base Width = 118.8cm or 46¾” or 3ft 10¾”
Base Depth = 53.4cm or 21” or 1ft 9”

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

UK Buyer Payment:
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International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This is a stunning quality large antique English Georgian Regency linen press, constructed from figured mahogany, satinwood and ebony inlay, boasting a secret cornice drawer, circa 1820, in excellent original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges, but nothing significant considering its age. The linen press has been cleaned and French polished by hand to a professional standard in our workshop, therefore the colour and patination is of an excellent standard. The doors lock using the original brass working lever lock (with working key). The drawers retain the original brass oval plate handles and backplates, key escutcheons and original working locks (with key). The press is raised on its original bracket feet. The linen press also features the original backboards. This item is solid in joint and ready to use.

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