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A GEORGE II WALNUT BACHELOR'S CHEST
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF DAVID H. WILSON (LOTS 617-665)
A GEORGE II WALNUT BACHELOR'S CHEST

CIRCA 1735

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A GEORGE II WALNUT BACHELOR'S CHEST
CIRCA 1735
The rectangular hinged top above two short and three long graduated drawers on bracket feet, the bottom drawer with replaced hardware, the remaining brasses apparently original and with backplates stamped E.H.
30 in. (76.2 cm.) high, 34 in. (86.4 cm.) wide, 14 in. (35.6 cm.) deep

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The term bachelor's chest refers to a shallow chest-of-drawers with a hinged top, usually enclosing a veneered surface. The top is usually supported by a pair of lopers placed to either side of the top drawer and is used for writing on, or as a dressing-table. The small size of the bachelor's chest suggests that it was designed as a piece of bedroom furniture, perhaps to fit in the window pier, to benefit from the daylight. The term 'bachelor's chest' was not used in the 18th century which has made identifying such chests in 18th century inventories difficult. The inventory of Sherborne House, Dorset of 1726 lists '2 folding walnut dressing tables drawers to the bottum [sic]' in a bedchamber and in another closet a 'walnut dressing Table to fold up with drawers to bottum [sic]' (A. Bowett, Early Georgian Furniture 1715-1740, pp. 105-106). Sherborne House was a Tudor house purchased by Henry Seymour Portman in 1720 and remodelled in the neo-Palladian manner by Benjamin Bastard of Blandford. The Hall contains a magnificent mural by Sir James Thornhill (d. 1734).

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