19th Century Mahogany Wellington Chest of Drawers

October 9, 2019 11:08 am Published by

A very good quality mid-19th century mahogany Wellington
chest of seven drawers retaining original turned wooden
knobs and carved decoration to pilaster raised on original
plinth base.

(Legend has it that the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur
Wellesley, commissioned the first chest of this type, with
a tall bank of drawers secured by just one single hinged
locking pilaster to take with him and carry around the various
different battlefields. From circa 1820 onwards many
variations can be found varying a great deal in terms of
both quality and the wood which is used both externally and
internally. This example is very good quality and the drawers
still function as well as they would have done on the day it was
made. The sides & top are also constructed from a good well figured
quality mahogany. The turned wooden knobs are original which is
unusual and it is raised on its original plinth base. One of the
great advantages of this type of chest is that it can offer a slightly
different and more unusual perspective to a room in terms of height
and proportion and also of course the drawers are incredibly
functional when used for items that you don’t want to be buried
at the bottom of much larger drawers as can often be the case).

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