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
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.