Late George II Mahogany Side Cabinet of Unusual Form and with Secret Drawers


with rectangular top above a slide and a pair of cupboards enclosing four drawers, with a further drawer below, swelling sides and ogee bracket feet, the whole cross-banded in satinwood

Height 79 cm (31 inches )
Width 83 cm (32.5 inches)
Depth 47 cm (18.5 inches)
English or American, mid 18th century

This interesting and high quality cabinet in beautifully figured mahogany, generously banded in exotic satinwood,  must have been made in a provincial city with a fine cabinet-making tradition like Lancaster or Edinburgh or, possibly, somewhere in America. It’s swelling sides appear unique, but are probably inspired by kettle-based pieces so popular in America at this time , in turn inspired by slightly earlier pieces from Holland and Germany. It was possibly commissioned as a filing cabinet for a study or library, with secret drawers to hide valuables or private documents.

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