An English George III-period walnut and mahogany caddy-top bachelor’s chest.
Mid-eighteenth century, ca 1760.
A superb quality antique chest with slide, in a rare combination of well-figured walnut and mahogany of deep, rich colour.
Containing four graduated cockbeaded working drawers unusually faced with veneers, rather than in the usual solid.
Of fine colour, patina and excellent proportions. Raised on the original bracket feet and retaining its original brass swan-neck handles.
A. Hepplewhite and Co. The Cabinet Maker and Upholsterer’s Guide 1788, plate 75 ‘‘Dressing Drawers with a slide” (First published London, Oct. Ist 1787, I & J. Taylor, No 56 High Holborn. A fabulous book incidentally).
Ralph Edwards CBE FSA, Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture, Hamlyn (Fourth edition 1972) ills. on pp. 204-205.
Herbert Cescinsky, English Furniture Of The Eighteenth Century, George Routledge & Sons (1911) vol. I, pp. 157 & 171.