A Provincial Estate Made Chest on Stand Adapted to a Coffee Table c.1700-20

Origin: English
Period: Queen Anne/George I
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1700-20
Width: 38 inches
Height: 19 inches
Depth: 23 inches

The beech, oak and pine chest, formerly one part of a period chest on stand, having an unusual arrangement of one long and four short drawers, with four original escutcheons and three pearl drop handles, the other handles nineteenth century replacements, the carcass showing the original dark stained finish now distressed commensurate with age, now acting as a coffee table or television stand.

The chest shows masses of character with some rather attractive wear and tear with scuffing commensurate with its age, the drawers run smooth with the carcass structurally sound and it has had small concealed contemporary bun feet added to each corner so that it is slightly elevated from the ground. There are four of the original period escutcheons present and three of the original pearl drop handles which date the piece nicely. There is some old worm and we have treated the item as a precaution whilst there is no key for the locks that are present. The overall patination especially to the top is very well established.

An unusual piece of estate made furniture that has considerable age, a chequered past, and masses of charm and with period coffee tables being hard to locate it proves a refreshing alternative to more contemporary alternatives.