Antique French Brittany Breton Chestnut & Brass Inlaid Joined Chest / Coffer (Circa 1800)


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Object Description

This is an unusual and decorative antique French chestnut and brass inlaid joined coffer, with large proportions, originating from the Brittany region of France, circa 1800, in good original condition.

• Item: Coffer / Chest
• Circa: 1800
• Provenance: Brittany, France
• Wood: Solid chestnut
• Large proportions (5ft 11⅝” wide)
• Triple plank top
• Reeded frame
• Symmetrical inlaid star & lozenge panels
• Shaped front stiles
• Original brass studwork to frame
• Joined panelled design
• Original ironwire hinges
• Original internal candle box
• Original steel geometric fretwork key escutcheon
• Working steel lock & key
• Original lid, sides, back & bottom
• Original length reeded feet (stiles)
• Original polish & patination
• Superb deep rich oxblood colour
• Free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14-day UK returns policy

This is an unusual and decorative antique French chestnut and brass inlaid joined coffer, with large proportions, originating from the Brittany region of France, circa 1800, in good original condition. The coffer is constructed with a triple plank top, with a joined section below, which is constructed with butt joints to the corners, secured by handmade iron nails and peg construction. The original lid, which features a nice over-hang, is decorated with a moulded front edge and brass studwork. The lid retains its original iron wire loop hinges, which is nice to see. The interior is clean, dry and practical and usable. The interior also retains its original candle box, lid and floorboards. The lid incorporates a steel striking plate with a steel lever working lock and key on the inside front of the coffer, which allows you to lock the lid if necessary.

The front of the coffer is decorated with four moulded shaped panels incorporating a symmetrical inlaid star, within a symmetrical inlaid lozenge. Further symmetrical inlay is visible on the stiles. The inlay consists walnut and oak. The four panels and the frame of the coffer are decorated with the original brass studwork. The sides of the coffer also feature inset panels. The coffer stands on its original length shaped front stiles (feet). The back of the coffer retains its original rough-hewn panels along with the original floor. Overall, this coffer boasts a lovely deep, rich oxblood colour and patination.

This item would look great in a variety of rooms from the hallway, to the living room or bedroom as an ottoman at the foot of the bed.

This beautiful piece boasts a rich dark red-and-brown oxblood colour. As it boasts the original wax polish, it has a fantastic colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

Height = 66.3cm or 26⅛” or 2ft 2⅛”
External Width (lid) = 182cm or 71⅝” or 5ft 11⅝”
External Depth (lid) = 62.7cm or 24⅝” or 2ft ⅝”

In order to make way for new stock, the price for this item has been reduced from £2,250 to £1,750, including free delivery to England, Wales & Southern Scotland*. This is a saving of £500!

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.

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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.

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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

The coffer is in good original condition. Nominal old marks to the top and leading edges, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. Such old use marks are inevitable and perfectly acceptable due to its age and use it would have received. The interior is clean, dry, and usable. The lid retains its original iron wire loop hinges (these are often replaced).
The coffer retains its original lid, floor, candle lid and compartment, legs, sides and back. The lid incorporates a steel striking plate with a steel lever working lock and key on the inside front of the coffer, which allows you to lock the lid if necessary. The coffer stands on its original length stiles (feet), which is rare to see, although there is some wear to the feet, which has been caused by centuries of standing on stone floors. There is evidence of historical woodworm to backboards and legs; however, this has been thoroughly treated. The coffer is solid in joint; it does not wobble on the floor and is ready to use. Considering the age of this coffer, it is in good condition.

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