This chiffoniere with its geometric brass ornament and exotic calamander veneers relates to the work of George Oakley (d.1841), who produced furniture in the Grecian style for the Prince Regent among other distinguished patrons during his long career which lasted from 1789 to 1819. The firm was granted a royal warrant in 1799 after receiving a visit from Queen Charlotte and other members of the royal family upon which '...her MAJESTY, the Duke and Duchess of YORK, and the PRINCESSES, &c., highly approved of the splendid variety which has justly attracted the notice of the fashionable world' (Morning Chronicle, May 1799).
The design closely relates to a suite of furniture probably supplied by Oakley for Sir Arthur Grey Hazlerigg, 11th Baronet, upon his succession in 1817, at which time he refurbished his estate Noseley Hall in Leicestershire employing many fashionable suppliers of the day (see Noseley Hall, Sotheby's house sale, 28-29 September 1998, lots 146 and 147). Another well-known commission supplied to Charles Madryll Cheere for Papworth Hall includes a variety of furniture forms executed in calamander with stylized star brass-inlaid borders (a card table from this commission is illustrated in R. Edwards, ed., The Dictionary of English Furniture, rev. edn., vol.III, 1954, p. 202, fig.42). An identical chiffoniere was sold anonymously in these Rooms, 19 October 2000, lot 245 ($37,600).