Circa 1885. Another superb example of American Aesthetic Movement furniture from the same estate as the Herter Bros. chest we sold earlier this year. Fresh to the market, this unique chest, have features that we have never seen before. The low boy has two surmounted flanking cabinets with beveled glass front and outer side, mirrored back and open inner side. The top of each cabinet has an open work brass gallery. The top of the mirror frame is an unusual marquetry, which looks to me like stylized clouds and stars. Both chests are solid mahogany with satin wood interiors. Each chest has large, very ornate brass hardware in a Moorish Taste. The low boy has three long drawers and a secret, spring loaded drawer beneath the top. box". This piece embodies the principles of Charles Eastlake and other influential designers of the time with simple, incised, turned and low relief decoration. The chest retains its original finish hardware and mirrors. The care with which set was constructed suggests that it is from a leading New York cabinet maker's shop. Original finish, minor repairs, one hairline crack in its mirror lightly cleaned and waxed. Original locks marked G. Bayer pat. Feb 6, 1873. Over all fine original condition. Low boy 77" tall x 62" widest, base 50" wide x 21 1/2" deep.
Item ID: 000722
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