Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

Jacobean oak chest of four drawers

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A classic Jacobean chest with side-hung drawers, each with narrow mouldings applied to the front. As is usual in these pieces, the mouldings are varied and pleasing to the eye. In this example, the two shallow drawers are framed with two rectangles separated by a flat panel, while the mouldings on the deeper drawers are more complex. The four vertical panels at the center of each drawer align to create the illusion of a stile.

The two deep drawers are keyed and were designed to be locked. The shallow drawers were secured by wooden slats beneath the drawer bottom that engaged the frame; they were meant to be released by opening the deep drawers and pushing upward on the slat. These slats have been removed; one assumes that the job may have been performed in anger by a frustrated user attempting to put away his shorts!

The sides of the chest are made with two vertical boards, fitting between the front and rear stiles. The back consists of two horizontal panels, set into a simple frame.

The brass drawer pulls are pairs of wonderful lions, each of the eight with a handy ring through its nose. One of the legs has the stamp-ed initials “I O”, probably the initials of the original owner.

English, 1680 – 1720

Dimensions: 35 ½” X 20 ¾”; Height: 32 ¼”

Price: $ 1,250

Inventory #25765

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