Mahogany 19th Century English Wellington Chest Of Drawers

GBP 4,950.00

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Object Description

A Superb Quality William IV Period Mahogany
Wellington Chest Of Bold Proportions And Design
Having Concealed Frieze Drawer Over Secretaire
And Five Further Drawers Retaining Original Turned
Wooden Knobs Flanked By Pilasters With
Elegant Carved Decoration

(It is widely believed that the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur
Wellesley, commissioned the first chest of this type, with a tall
bank of drawers secured by just one single hinged locking
pilaster to take with him and carry around various different
battlefields. From circa 1820 onwards many variations on a
similar theme can be found and they can vary wildly in terms
of both the quality of construction and the timbers used both
externally and internally. This particular example is an unusual
design with its raised platform like top which conceals a drawer
within the frieze of it. It also retains an excellent colour and
patina and the secretaire writing drawer is also a much sought
after addition. Clearly it has been well loved and well used
throughout the many years of its life demonstrating
just what a functional piece of furniture it is. Another major
advantage of this type of chest is the fact it offers a slightly
different and more unusual perspective to a room in terms of
height and proportion and also of course the drawers are most
useful indeed for items those smaller items which you don’t
want lost at the bottom of more standard larger drawers).

Circa 1840

Height – 51in
Width – 28.5in
Depth – 19in

Object Details

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Dealer Contact

+44 (0)1525 719300
+44 (0)7801 428701

Dealer Location

PO Box 813
MK45 9AW