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George III Chest of Drawers
England, circa 1775
Mahogany veneer on pine; oak and beech secondary. The top, sides, base, and drawer fronts are cross-banded in darker mahogany; the drawers are cockbeaded. Replaced hardware.
H. 38", W. 38", D. 20"
Courtesy of Fiske & Freeman

The rare serpentine sides of this Georgian chest of drawers are emulated and enhanced by the curvaceous serpentine shaping of the front. Additionally, the chest is embellished with both a brushing slide fitted above the top drawer and a dressing/writing surface within the drawer. The built-in option for dual use as a dressing and a writing surface reflects the multifunctional purpose of some eighteenth-century furniture and, by association, the rooms in which they were used.

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