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Jacobean oak four-drawer chest on ball feet

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A classic example of the Jacobean period chest with applied geometric mouldings.

The drawer arrangement, alternating shallow and deep drawers, is typical of these chests, perhaps a response to the common practice of building them in two parts –

upper and lower – for ease in navigation between rooms and up and down narrow stairways.

This chest is not divided in this way.

 

The face of each drawer is decorated with a small, unadorned center panel which created a rectangular field on each side.

The fields were then ornamented with applied mouldings.

In this example, the fields on the top drawer were framed with four lengths of moulding, without modification.

Two additional rectangles were added to each of the fields of the second drawer, giving visual interest and requiring twelve lengths of moulding.

The more complex plan of the third drawer required sixteen, as did that of the bottom drawer.

Perhaps the process was as enjoyable for the maker as it is interesting to the viewer today.

 

The drawers were originally side-hung; today they slide smoothly on runners.

The brass pulls are appropriate replacements in the original locations.

The ball feet are modern replacements for the originals.

 

Dimensions: Width: 37”; Height: 37-3/4” Depth: 22”

English, ca. 1680 

 

 

 

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Price: $1,100

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Inventory #25700

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