This incredibly rare serpentine-front chest of drawers is attributed to the iconic Thomas Chippendale and is counted as one of the few examples in existence made by his hand. An unquestionable masterpiece, this mahogany dresser is complete with its original brass swan-neck handles and bears the trademark protective “red wash” underneath, which Chippendale specifically used to safeguard his furnishings from insects. The dresser features four graduated, lockable drawers resting upon bracket feet with under casters. It also includes within its top drawer a fitted brushing slide with a green felted surface. The function of this slide was to provide a place to lay clothes flat for brushing prior to wearing. Comparable chests by Thomas Chippendale were supplied to Wilton House and Paxton House.
The talent and genius of Thomas Chippendale’s designs defined the furniture styles of the 18th century. He was the first person to boast such a strong following that an entire style bears his name and not that of a monarch. By the age of 36, he owned a series of workshops throughout England and an expansive timber yard for harvesting the finest woods. In 1754, he published The Gentleman and Cabinetmaker’s Director, considered the “bible” of furniture design of its day. The book contained over 161 plates with an astounding range of furniture in the Gothic, Chinese and Rococo styles. Soon, this modest craftsman counted numerous members of nobility and society among his clientele, including Catherine II of Russia. Today, the name Chippendale invokes images of refined taste and unparalleled elegance. It is no wonder masterpieces such as this rare dresser are so treasured by collectors.
41 1/2" wide x 24" deep x 31 5/8" highClick here to view a video of this item.