George III Mahogany Chest on Chest

  • Expert craftsmanship and elegant proportion distinguish this George III chest on chest
  • The piece is crafted of solid Cuban mahogany that has aged to a rich patina
  • Distinguishing features include original brass pulls, intricate fretwork and a "red wash" underneath
  • Overall, it represents the refinement and superb workmanship of the best late Georgian furnishings
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Item No. 31-1704

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This classic chest on chest is a brilliant specimen of late Georgian furniture both in its exceptional craftsmanship and design. Crafted of Cuban mahogany that has aged to a rich patina, the chest boasts the symmetry, elegant lines and precise construction that are hallmarks of the best 18th-century English furnishings. Refined design distinguishes this piece, featuring a series of nine graduated, lockable drawers fitted with its original brass hardware, all set upon traditional bracket feet. Intricate chinoiserie blind fretwork frames each drawer and creates the frieze, which is topped by a scrolled open fretwork pediment, completing the design and adding to the grandeur of the chest. It also boasts a protective “red wash” underneath, a Thomas Chippendale signature adopted by other fine cabinetmakers of the era specifically used to safeguard furnishings from insects. Overall, brilliant lines, perfect proportion and superb workmanship make this chest on chest a truly magnificent example of Georgian design. 

Mahogany became the preferred medium for fine English furniture beginning in the mid-18th century. Cabinetmakers prized it for its hardness, stability and dynamic grain configuration. The wood displayed an unrivaled brilliance, especially in refined Georgian-period designs in which the natural grain and color of the timber speak for itself. In 1733, the removal of the import taxes on mahogany made the material easier to obtain. Yet, it was still the most expensive lumber of the period, a trend that continued well into the 19th century. This elegant chest on chest illustrates why mahogany will forever be connected with the zenith of English furniture craftsmanship.

Circa 1770

41 3/4" wide x 20 1/2" deep x 81 3/4" high
George III Mahogany Chest on Chest
Period: 18th Century
Origin: England
Type: Commodes/Chests
Depth: 20.5 Inches
Width: 41.75 Inches
Height: 81.75 Inches
Style: Georgian

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