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Georgian Mahogany Serpentine Chest 

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This magnificent George II-period mahogany chest is crafted in the elegant Neoclassical style

Key Features

  • This exquisite George II-period mahogany chest exhibits a stunning serpentine shape
  • Crafted of luxurious mahogany, this rare chest features five drawers and a hidden brush slide
  • This architectural piece boasts canted corners, bracket feet and cast-brass pulls
  • Circa 1760
  • 45 5/8" wide x 23" deep x 32 7/8" high

Item Details

  • Width:
    45 5/8 Inches
  • Height:
    32 7/8 Inches
  • Depth:
    23 Inches
  • Period:
    18th Century
  • Origin:
    England/Ireland
This opulent George II-period chest of drawers is the finest we have ever had the pleasure to offer. Crafted during the lifetime of the famed Thomas Chippendale, this chest displays the tremendous attention to craftsmanship that has become synonymous with only the most exceptional 18th-century furnishings. Seldom does one come across a piece of furniture that embodies the greatest, most desirable elements of it's era. The use of the highest-quality Cuban mahogany, great lines, perfect proportion and overall masterful workmanship make this chest truly phenomenal. 

 This chest exhibits the elegant Chippendale interpretation of the Neoclassical style, with a dramatic serpentine façade framed by fluted, canted corners. Five drawers, two short frieze drawers and three full drawers of graduated size, provide ample storage space, while a highly desirable brushing slide, used to lay out and prepare an outfit, is tucked underneath the molded top. Original, cast brass pulls accent the shimmer of the Cuban mahogany, and its original bracket feet complete this timeless yet functional piece.

Mahogany became the preferred medium for fine English furniture beginning in the mid-18th century. It was prized by cabinetmakers 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 speaks 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 illustrates why mahogany will forever be connected with the zenith of English furniture craftsmanship.

Circa 1760

45 5/8" wide x 23" deep x 32 7/8" high

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