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George III Mahogany Dressing Bachelor's Chest


£4,900 | $6,524 USD | €5,552 EUR
Item Number: SA671852
Date of manufacture: 18th Century
Current Status: For sale
Seller: Box House Antiques
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A small fine English mahogany dressing/ bachelor's chest with secret compartments, ca 1760.
Of excellent colour.
This George III period chest of drawers is a small, rare and excellent example of the ingenious combination of 18th century practicality and refinement. The hinged rising top reveals an arrangement of fitted, lidded and secret compartments to receive the various articles required by a gentleman 'at the toilette', with an adjustable rising mirror supported on a ratchet. Unusually there is a further rising adjustable slope concealed within a recess, also supported by a ratchet. The top has double re-entrant corners - a sure sign of top quality.
All in fine figured mahogany of superb colour and surfaces, with best quality English oak linings and dovetailing throughout.
When closed this dressing chest reverts to the form of a bachelor's chest with the working brushing slide located below the top drawer, which is simulated.
Below are three graduated cockbeaded working drawers. Raised on bracket feet and retaining all the original 'bat wing' brass mounts.
2'6" antique English mahogany bachelor's chests are to be found, but as fully fitted dressing chests these are very rare, particularly when of these small proportions. This is the ideal piece for a discerning collector. It is not often that we encounter an example of these surviving for 250 plus years in such lovely state, considering the constant use to which it would have been subjected.
For literature demonstrating the very similar fittings of a Georgian dressing chest vis:
R. W. Symonds, 'The Present State of Old English Furniture', 1921, fig. 92 (second edition published in 1927).
P. Macquoid and R. Edwards CBE FSA, 'The Dictionary of English Furniture', Hamlyn, London, 1927, vol. 111, p. 218, fig. 10.
R. W. Symonds, 'English Furniture from Charles II to George II', London, 1929, p. 183, figs. 140-142.
R. W. Symonds, 'Furniture in the Collection of Mr. Geoffrey Blackwell', Apollo, April 1936, fig. VII.
A similarly fitted dressing chest, ca. 1770, was offered in Messrs. Malletts Bourdon House Sale, 9th March 2007, lot 574 @ 20,000-30,000.
ONLY 2'6'' wide
20" deep
32" high.
Est. 1957
Internal Ref: BHA 961


This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 18th Century.


Height = 81 cm (31.9")
Width = 76 cm (29.9")
Depth = 51 cm (20.1")

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