18th century English walnut sunburst tallboy chest on chest

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18th century English walnut sunburst tallboy chest on chest


Early George II period antique English walnut tallboy, or chest on chest.

BHA 1068

w 98 cm
h 172 cm
d 54 cm

Ca 1730


A Georgian English walnut tallboy, or chest-on-chest. Early George II period, ca 1730.
The top section containing three short drawers over three long drawers, beneath a cavetto cornice.
The base with three long drawers and raised on bracket feet.
Nb. Note the features of bold fluted angles both top and bottom, together with a sunburst in the base.
Both features are a sure sign of good quality which add considerable interest and value to this antique. Brass mounts correct for period but not original.

The whole veneered in well figured rich honey coloured walnut, and inlaid with herringbone lines.

Ref: A very similar walnut tallboy ca. 1730, lot 91, was sold by Bonhams, Knightsbridge, London, 26th Feb 2008 @ £12,000. This item was ”restored”, had a replaced slide, and did not have the added feature of double canted angles.

Nnb. Vis a tallboy inlaid with a sunburst, c. 1710, in ‘The Shorter Dictionary of English Furniture’, Ralph Edwards, Hamlyn publ., London, 4th impression 1971, p.205.

Also see the illustration in S. Whittington and C. Claxton-Stevens, 18th Century Furniture: The Norman Adams Collection, London, 1989, p.368, and R. Edwards, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, London, 1954, vol. 2, pp.42-43, and vol.1, p.140. A secretaire chest-on-chest with the trade label of Daniel Wild, at the Golden Ball, St. Paul’s Churchyard, London, is illustrated in C. Gilbert (ed.), Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture 1700-1840, London, 1996, p.469.


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