English 18th Century Antique Lowboy Chest of Drawers, George II Period c. 1740-60
Item # 130002KJJ18
This is an absolutely wonderful find for serious collectors of Period Georgian English furniture - an original George II Period Lowboy Dressing Table crafted during the middle of the 18th Century, almost certainly between the years of 1740-60. A pure piece with no adjustments or alterations, this is a very fine selection for purists and those with a preference for utmost quality in their collection. The projecting top was reset during the 20th Century, probably the same time it was refinished in a brilliant french polish, the molded edge scalloped on both front corners to give great shape to a simply gorgeous single solid plank of golden mahogany.
The front and sides of the case are joined into the legs with a glued tenon joint, all three being single solid boards with gorgeous grain selections. The front apron is scroll cut with magnificent and highly robust form, giving emphasis to the bold projection of the cabriole knee, the resulting empty space purely architectural in form. Three small drawers slide smoothly in and out of the case above this apron, each dovetailed at the front beneath cockbead molding, the backs and bottoms of the drawers nailed with small rows of iron nails. The brasses on each drawer are replaced, though correct for the period.
Stretching from the top to the top, the legs are crafted of a highly complex single plank of wood, transitioning from the square corners into the bold cabriole leg before terminating in pointy slipper feet. The back legs are octagonally chamfered, lending a squareness and masculinity to the overall form of the table. The back of the case is a single solid plank of oak, the interior secondary structure mostly pine with some oak - it is complex interior structure, a series of pine battens nailed perpendicular to the case on both sides and doubly in the center, one with an original rosehead nail visible.
This form was originally designed as a dressing table, usually accompanied en suite by a "highboy" chest of drawers. However, it was closely followed in design by the side table or writing table, which is typically differentiated by having only a single large drawer versus the three smaller drawers of this form. These are rare little pieces, treasured by collectors and enthusiasts alike for their charming and endearing appeal, only brought to market infrequently in this form and condition. This is a Period English Lowboy you will treasure for a lifetime, a form and condition that remains above reproach and of utmost attraction.
Measurements: 26 9/16" wide x 17 1/4" deep x 28 5/8" high; top projects over right side by 15/16" and on the left side by 1 5/16" due to the way it was reset.
Condition Report: Refinished. Top reset and some glue blocks for the top lost or replaced. Interior is untouched - no moves, no repairs, all original nails. Hardware on drawers is replaced (brasses and locks) with no key available. Softly sunbleached surfaces have some variation and an overall golden tone. Minor dings and abrasions here and there, though overall very fine condition.
Item ID: 130002KJJ18
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