ENGLISH ANTIQUE FURNITURE AND THE FAMOUS
English furniture is often known by names or titles associated with people who may have had these pieces designed for them or were known using them, for instance : the ”Gainsborough” chair, the “Hogarth” chair and the “Pembroke” table etc. Another such synonymous example is the so called ‘Wellington” chest named after the 1st Duke of Wellington and used on his campaigns. These are narrow chests usually containing six to eight drawers and resembling the modern day filing cabinet. They have an ingenious locking device consisting of a hinged pilaster to one side which overlaps the drawers and when locked secures all of the drawers. These chests were quite plentiful, varying greatly in quality. The pair illustrated are quite exceptional, the quality of construction, choice of the finest Cuban figured mahogany and the unusual feature of the backs also being made in mahogany so they could be placed in the centre of a room point to these chests being made by a highly skilled craftsman. They are a deep rich colour and date from about 1825 and were obviously specially commissioned to fit particular spaces as they are each of slightly differing sizes.