A Scottish George II broomwood chest of small propositions
Lot 401
A Scottish George II chest of small proportionsPossibly broom wood
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,399) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Scottish George II chest of small proportions
Possibly broom wood
The rectangular cross-banded top above a pull-out slide and four graduated drawers raised on bracket feet, 66cm wide, 39cm deep, 80cm high (25.5" wide, 15" deep, 31" high).


  • Provenance:
    Sotheby's, 10th November 1963, Lot 88 (as Queen Anne and made of laburnum) to Mallett, New Bond Street, London, £460

    Mallett, 13th November 1967 £483 to The Earl of Perth (receipt available)

    The only known examples of broom furniture are those in the collection of the Duke of Atholl at Blair Castle, Perthshire. The Dukes of Atholl are famous tree planters and the 3rd Duke grew broom on his estate and experimented with it and other less commom woods, such as Scots Laburnum, to make furniture. In 1756 George Sandeman, a Perth cabinet maker, made a fine bureau cabinet and a coin cabinet for the 3rd Duke and there are is a suite of furniture made almost entirely of broom in the Derby Dressing Room at Blair Castle.
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