Origin: English
Period: Mid-Victorian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1850
Width: 37”
Height: 39.5”
Depth: 18”

The wonderfully coloured oak carcass with a beautifully aged patination having an arrangement of two short and three long graduated cockbeaded drawers with turned knob handles and an unusual triple banded top frieze to a shaped lower apron and standing on bracket feet, the whole surviving from early Victorian period England.

The chest shows some generic wear and tear with scuffing commensurate with its age, the drawers all running smoothly and the carcass structurally sound. The locks all work with the key provided. There are some small sections of the cockbeading lacking. The colour is almost akin to a cherry and the sides appear to have been stained with the halfway points being marked as though she was a two-piece chest which she is not. Rather curious. Well-made and of a superio colour to most oak examples with oak drawer linings.

The Mighty English Oak (Quercus robur) has long been revered and romanticised for its reputation for strength and longevity and it has been used since the fourteenth century in the production of dwellings, warships, and provincial furniture, for which, no other timber matched its efficacy or suitability.

A beautiful sleepy and honest piece with a superb colour and one that represents wonderful value.