Origin: English Period: George III Provenance: Unknown Date: c.1790-1805 Width: 29” Height: 59” Depth: 11.75”
The sophisticated George III period estate cabinet or cupboard of pleasing proportions in superb quality mahogany and oak with ivory escutcheons the whole having twin panelled doors with brass edging opening to reveal a comprehensive fitted interior, with further doors having opposing matched veneers concealing pigeon holes above further pigeon holes, adjustable filing slides, a brushing slide with two banks of six graduated short drawers each with ring handles, one being compartmentalised and hand annotated for the months of the year, and each with marbled paper interiors, the whole standing on bracket feet and presented with its original keys and working locks surviving in untouched condition from the last quarter of eighteenth century England.
The piece is in good, clean and operational order in the sort of original condition that is hard to find and desirable as such. The set of keys have an old paper label on them which reads: ‘keys of mahogany Sr.????smans cabinet”. The locks are working and there doesn’t appear to be any replacement parts or drawers. The feet are original to the piece though do have some repairs to them with two feet having had hairline cracks at some point. The drawers themselves, which are oak lined, are all in easy operation and the handles are original. Although the piece is fairly dainty in size it proves weighty with the quality of the timber being so high.
A ‘working’ piece such as this would have been instrumental in the day to day life of running a well healed estate of one sort or another and its varying pigeon holes, filing cavities and drawers, along with a brushing slide to write upon, would all have been in daily use. Its interior is unique and it was probably made for the estate in question bespoke.
A rather rare piece of useable and handsome fine furniture crafted with the best materials, beautifully designed and smartly executed.