A fine quality George III period mahogany chest of drawers, attributable to Thomas Chippendale Junior,
English, c. 1780
Why we like it
Put aside the association with the great master cabinetmaker, its splendid, wonderfully mellowed colour with golden, amber and honey hues is simply to die for. A rare combination of superb quality, beautifully figured veneers and untouched and little used condition. Original, gloriously patinated surface throughout; original, never touched handles and locks.
For most people the name of Thomas Chippendale is the last thing which comes to mind while looking at this chest of drawers. However, the main body of his oeuvre is not the elaborately carved, gilded or inlaid grand furniture for state apartments, but simple and practical pieces intended for the everyday use and ‘done in a neat but not an expensive manner’, to the same high quality standards as the more sophisticated examples.