The high temple-pedimented chest of golden walnut enriched by golden
inlay and bas relief escutcheons, is conceived in the picturesque French/antique manner popularised by B. Langley's, City and Country
Builder's and Workmans Treasury of Designs, 1740. Appropriate for
furnishing a window-pier, its base-chest frieze provides a
bureau/dressing table with concealed hinged-compartment slide; while the cresting, which relates to that of contemporary pier-glasses,
provides a china-rail for vase display. A similar heraldically-charged pediment featured on a brass-enriched cabinet in the 1730s trade-sheet issued by the Holborn cabinet-maker Thomas Potter, and which included a collection of multi-purpose hinged furniture appropriate for the
smallish apartments of London's West End. A cabinet, corresponding to the French-fashioned cabinet featured by Potter, is in the Victoria
and Albert Museum and has been associated with the work of the St. Martin's Lane cabinet-maker John Channon (C. Gilbert and T. Murdoch, John Channon and brass-inlaid furniture 1730-1760, London, 1993, fig.
113). However such beautifully crafted and multi-purpose furniture has also been associated with London's Moravian cabinet-makers (see note
for lot 138).