About the dealer

Open by appointment and at fairs (see also under The Edenbridge Galleries, Edenbridge, Kent)

About the object

A Very Fine Quality Mid 19th Century Burr Walnut Wellington 
Chest Having Well Figured Quarter Veneered Top Over Eight
Drawers With Replacement Brass Handles Flanked By Pilasters
With Attractive Carved Decoration Raised On Original Plinth

(It is widely believed that the first Duke of Wellington, Arthur 
Wellesley, commissioned the first chest of this type, with a tall 
bank of drawers secured by just one single hinged locking 
pilaster to take with him and carry around various different 
battlefields. From around 1820 onwards many variations on a 
similar theme can be found and they can vary wildly in terms 
of both the quality of construction and the timbers used both 
externally and internally. This particular example is superbly
figured in high grade burr walnut veneers and it retains a 
superb colour and patina. It has clearly been well loved and
well used throughout the many years of its life demonstrating 
just what a functional piece of furniture it is. Another major 
advantage of this type of chest is the fact it offers a slightly 
different and more unusual perspective to a room in terms of 
height and proportion and also of course the drawers are most
useful indeed for items those smaller items which you don't 
want lost at the bottom of more standard larger drawers)

Circa 1860

Height - 50.5in
Width - 22.75in
Depth - 16in

Stock number

8217