RARE EARLY GEORGE I PADOUK CHEST OF DRAWERS
The fine dense timbers with rich color and patination, the rectangular caddy top over two short and three long graduated long drawers, each having a molded front set with original small closed batwing brasses, the whole raised on bracket feet; the woods are solid, not veneered, adding to the wonderful weight of the chest
This is a rare and early chest employing padouk (padauk) woods from the Indies. Padouk wood is a very dense, heavy and fine grained wood closely resembling Cuban (Jamaican) mahoganies. The main difference is in the vibrancy of the rich reddish orange color, which ranges to purples and blacks in the shadows.
Woods in British Furniture Making 1400-1900,
regarding Padouk :
Tariffs on "imported woods" remained excessively high until the Naval Stores Act of 1721 made importation and commercial use possible. Prior to this event, very few pieces of imported woods, including mahogany and padouk, had been used for furniture, simply due to the great expense.
The construction on the drawers of this chest is one that, also according to Adam Bowett, was obsolete by about 1720.
Provenance : With Paul Coutts, London & Edinburgh, retaining 1989 Bill of Sale
Condition : Excellent with early surfaces and original brasses; nicks and scratches appropriate to almost 300 years of use
36” High x 36” Wide x 20” Deep
Drawer interior, showing original lock and brasses
Drawer backside, showing thick dovetails
See Also :
England, c1720, 38” High x 36" Wide
On antique bun feet, with original brasses and early surfaces
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