I am always in search of the unusual and was most pleased to discover this gem during recent travels. Was this a cabinet man’s gift as a jewelry chest? Or maybe a humidor for himself or a great sample piece to show clients his skill? This idyosyncratic and robust form is of bird’s eye maple contrasted with mahogany. Tulip poplar is the secondary wood. The brass appears to be period.
The lift top is bound by mitered mahogany and within a shaped rim with inlaid ivory compass points above a conforming lower case. Below a stepped cornice, both bowed drawer fronts ( the upper is faux) are bird’seye panels within figured mahogany and flanked by exceptional carved neoclassical columns and further by a leafage border. Each side repeats the excitement with matching bows. The stepped base rests on acanthus and paw carved feet with rear feet looking like upside down beehives. Height 17”, width 15”. Please inquire for further details.
Also, just in, Chinese 19th century porcelain, left to right,
Ginger jar, 5 ½”.
2 Tung Che small ginger jars, height 3 ½’. Tea caddies.
And, “The Farmer’s Arms”, cup, early 19th century English, To the background, a couple of pillows, 13” X 16” made of 17th century Flemish tapestry fragments.
I must go now on a lead. Don’t hesitate to call on details. We look forward to your visit.
Best to you