A small English George II period mahogany fold-over top bachelor’s chest. Ca 1750.
Of good rich colour and old patination.
This small Georgian – mid 18th century – bachelor’s chest is in solid mahogany.
With two short and three long drawers.
Original mounts and locks throughout. Raised on its original bracket feet.
Overall in excellent condition.
Arthur Negus illustrates a similar antique bachelor chest on p. 151, fig. 75, in his book ‘English Furniture’ (1969). He states: ”these are extremely rare…’’
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA in his ‘Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’, Hamlyn (Fourth edition 1972) illustrates on p. 205, fig. 24, a bachelor chest, dated 1720-1725, of the same configuration.
Nb. A comparable mahogany bachelor’s chest with fold-over top was sold Sept 2003 at Christies for £11,950 inc premium.
Nnb. Sometimes the top surfaces have been later set with a leather writing surface. This feature significantly reduces value.