A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century

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Lot 313
A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century

£ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 2,700 - 4,100

The Scottish Sale

13 Apr 2016, 11:00 BST

Edinburgh

A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
With three short and three long drawers on bracket feet, 115cm wide, 56cm deep, 98cm high (45in wide, 22in deep, 38 1/2in 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 of 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 current example has closely related laminated blocks on the internal corners of the feet, and a thin red wash on the panel back and underside. The simple swan-neck handles are similar to those used of several documented Chippendale chests and it also shares the same three frieze drawer configuration with the chest listed as lot 242 in the Dumfries House catalogue as well comparable dimensions. However where the drawer linings of plainer Dumfries House chests are pine, the drawers of this chest are lined in mahogany. Chippendale did use mahogany for several of the grander pieces of furniture including the supper table, the bookcase, the library desk and for the top drawer of a serpentine chest, attributed to Chippendale, supplied to the Marquis of Bute for Cardiff Castle. It is notable that this expensive wood was used as a secondary timber on all the linings of this chest, a reflection both of its quality and no doubt the original cost.

    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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A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
A Scottish George III Mahogany Chest Possibly by Thomas Chippendale or Alexander Peter, third quarter 18th century
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