Small Georgian mahogany dressing bachelor’s chest

//Small Georgian mahogany dressing bachelor’s chest

Small Georgian mahogany dressing bachelor’s chest


Small and rare English mahogany dressing or bachelor's chest, with secret compartments, ca 1760.

ONLY 2'6″ wide
20″ deep
32″ high.


Small antique English mahogany dressing or bachelor’s chest with secret compartments, circa 1760.
This George III period chest is a fine and rare 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 sign of good 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 simulated top drawer. Below are three graduated cock-beaded working drawers. Raised on bracket feet and retaining all the original ‘bat wing’ brass mounts.

2’6″ antique English bachelor’s chests are to be found, but as fully fitted dressing chests these are very rare, particularly when of these small proportions – an ideal piece for a discerning collector. It is not often that we encounter an example of these surviving for 250 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, ‘The Dictionary of English Furniture’, 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 Catalogue, 9th March 2007, lot 574, £20,000-£30,000.

ONLY 2’6″ wide
20″ deep
32″ high.

Additional information

Dimensions76 × 81 cm


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