A superb quality William IV period mahogany Wellington Chest of bold proportions and design.
Having concealed frieze drawer over secretaire and five further drawers retaining original turned wooden knobs flanked by pilasters with elegant carved decoration.
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 circa 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 an unusual design with its raised platform like top which conceals a drawer
within the frieze of it.
It also retains an excellent colour and patina and the secretaire writing drawer is also a much sought
Clearly it has 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.
Height - 51in
Width - 28.5in
Depth - 19in