24 April 1997,
Price realised GBP 16,100
GBP 10,000 - GBP 15,000
A GEORGE II SOLID RED WALNUT BACHELOR'S CHEST
The rounded rectangular hinged top enclosing a plain surface above two short drawers and three graduated long drawers, on bracket feet with hidden leather castors, the feet restored and partially replaced, the handles original
30 in. (76 cm.) wide; 30¾ in. (78 cm.) high; 15 in. (38 cm.) deep
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Red walnut, also known as black walnut (Juglas nigra) closely resembles a faded mahogany in colour and grain and was exported from Virginia to Europe as early as 1632. It varies in colour and markings from the more common walnut (Juglas regia) which has a paler brown colour with black figuring, and was grown widely in Europe. The winter of 1709 had a disastrous effect on the supplies of native walnut trees, after which the cabinet-makers relied strongly on imports from Virginia.
The Burdett Family of Ramsbury Manor, Birkshire and later Bramcote.
Sold by the Trustees of the Sir Francis Burdett Will Trust, Dreweatt Neate, Newbury, 21 May 1986.
Anonymous sale in these Rooms, 16 November 1989, Lot 102.
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