Queen Anne Design Strikingly Figured Walnut Antique Chest of Drawers.
This walnut antique chest of drawers was constructed in the early 1900s to a Queen Anne design and finished, using most probably, veneers from the early 1700s. This true gem of a piece is the antique equivalent of a listed building having been fitted out with the most modern of interiors for its time. Looking carefully at its construction it would appear that a skilled craftsman in the early 1900s has constructed a carcass for a chest of drawers out of quality oak and then painstakingly finished it with, what looks to be, and most probably is, genuine Queen Anne veneers and mouldings from the early 1700s. This practice of applying old veneers to new pieces, or vice versa, was known to be carried out in the early 1900s and this is the best example we have come across to date. The level of skill, craftsmanship and attention to detail is evident through-out this piece. On the outside it has the beauty, patina and feel of a true Queen Anne piece but with the cleanliness and tidiness found in a piece from the early 1900s. If this was 100% Queen Anne then it would fetch in the region of £8000!
The top is quarter veneered with beautifully figured cross banding along with feather banding. The sides also display this mix of cross and feather banding. It has two over three graduating oak lined drawers with quality brass handles and key escutcheons with key and working locks. The drawer fronts display delightfully figured walnut edged with elegant feather banding. It has a moulded lower edge and sits on beautifully turned bun feet. It is a lovely warm shade of walnut with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.
Height: 84cm / 33”
Width: 89cm / 35”
Depth: 53cm / 21”
Ref No: 04131
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