Here’s another delightful little oddity from Bonhams’ upcoming Oxford sale on the 18th of February, 2015. The provincial fruitwood lowboy (lot 781) is a far cry from its sophisticated cosmopolitan cousins, but has undeniable charm natheless.
George III fruitwood lowboy, mid eighteenth-century. (Bonhams)
The unusually constructed, rather boxy carcase is supported on cabriole legs at the front and club legs at the rear (an obvious time and money saving ploy).
One of this lowboy’s most beguiling features must surely be the location of the keyhole in the central drawer. In the absence of an en suite combination handle/escutcheon, the lock has been installed well and truly off-centre to allow the keyhole to nestle inconspicuously within the convoluted outline of the handle backplate.
Agreed… the keyhole placement is truly charming. Vernacular whimsy at its finest!
Perspective looks out in that picture
Could it be,that the top is a bit warped?
It is indeed.
Should have made a keyhole in the existing backplate. I would have. No problem.