A superbly figured William IV mahogany chest of drawers of unusual inverted break-front concave-fronted form, featuring magnificent turned green horn knobs inlaid with mother-of-pearl,
attributed to Gillows,
Three inverted and recessed front deep drawers featuring highly attractive turned Highland cattle horn knobs inlaid with mother of pearl florets, surmounted by a single shallow 'hidden' top drawer. Each of the three deep drawers carved and beaded to the inverted front out of a piece of three-inch thick Cuban mahogany, the top molded out of a single plank of mahogany.
The original brass locking mechanisms on each drawer are patent stamped with the cipher of WR for William IV (1830-37).
A superb William IV flame mahogany concave-fronted chest of drawers, c1830
The original Bramah brass locking mechanisms on each drawer are patent stamped with the cipher of WR for William IV (1830-37).
This highly unusual piece showcases exceptional quality of materials and workmanship, evident in the massive slabs of Cuban mahogany which have been cut out of the solid wood and recessed and beaded for the drawer fronts.
Another remarkable feature is the exceptionally fine green horn knobs made inlaid with mother-of-pearl - a remarkable process to have achieved almost two centuries ago, and equally remarkable to have remained in pristine condition.