A George III mahogany chest
Lot 481
A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
Sold for £3,625 (US$ 5,672) inc. premium

Lot Details
A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century A George III mahogany chest possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter A George III mahogany chest possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter A George III mahogany chest possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter A George III mahogany chest possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter A George III mahogany chest possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter A George III mahogany chest A George III mahogany chest
A George III mahogany chest
Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
The rectangular top with moulded edge above four long, cock-beaded and graduated drawers, raised on bracket feet and concealed brass castors, SW stamped to the left side and back of the chest, presumably the initials of a previous owner, handles and escutcheons replaced, 101.5cm wide, 54.5cm deep, 93.5cm high (39.5" wide, 21" deep, 36.5" high).

Footnotes

  • The attribution to Thomas Chippendale or possibly Alexander Peter is made due to specific, fairly narrowly defined construction elements it shares with a group chests discussed prior to Christie's proposed sale of the contents of Dumfries House, Ayrshire. In the catalogue preface six chests were identified as a coherent group and attributed to the same workshop.
    Of the two makers Chippendale is proposed as the most likely. Among the reasons for this attribution are the red wash to the underside of the chests which appears on the important padouk bookcase in the drawing room, and the laminated internal blocks on the underside of the bracket feet of a clothes press attributed to Chippendale.
    The commode offered here has closely related laminated blocks and a red wash to the boards underneath.Sadly the handles of the chest have been replaced, but it is probable the original handles would be a simple swan neck, and the locks lined in brass. The Dumfries House chests were all two or three short drawers above three long drawers and lined in pine. Our chest has more expensive oak drawer linings and four long drawers.
    In terms of attribution, or at least in terms of considering our chest within the aforementioned group, it is reasonable to suggest these minor inconsistencies are acceptable. It is worth noting for example that three types of timber used for the drawer fronts of the Dumfries House chests namely mahogany, pine and beech.
    Other documented commissions that this chest can be usefully compared to include the furniture supplied to Ninian Home for Paxton House in Berwickshire between 1774 and 1791, where Chippendale employs a similarly restrained hand, and a chest of a two short over four long drawers, held at Nostell Priory, supplied by Chippendale in 1768.

    See Christie's Dumfries House sale catalogues Vol I & II, 12th and 13th July 2007.
    Christopher Gilbert 'The Life and Work of Thomas Chippendale' London 1978.

    A related chest was sold by Bonhams, lot 32, 13th June 2012, Fine Furniture and Works of Art, New Bond Street, London.
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