A superbly figured Scottish William IV mahogany chest of drawers of unusual inverted break-front form, featuring magnificent turned Highland cattle horn knobs inlaid with mother-of-pearl,
attributed to William Trotter of Edinburgh,
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 single piece of three-inch thick Jamaican 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 Scottish William IV mahogany chest of drawers, William Trotter, c1830
William Trotter of Edinburgh (1772-1833):
Deemed to be the most important and successful Scottish cabinet maker, William Trotter of Edinburgh was known for his exceptional quality of materials and workmanship, which is evident here in the massive slabs of Jamaican mahogany which have been cut out of the solid wood and recessed and beaded for the drawer fronts. Another distinctive feature employed by Trotters workshop is demonstrated in the exceptionally fine and distinctively Scottish knobs made from turned Highland cattle horn and inlaid with mother-of-pearl - a remarkable process to have achieved almost two centuries ago, and equally remarkable to have remained in pristine condition.
Similar examples of fine late Regency mahogany furniture by William Trotter formerly in the Collection of The Earls of Balfour, Balbirnie House, Fifeshire, Scotland.