Picture This CXVII

I mentioned in Chest Invection and Picture This LIVI how, due to changes in tastes, the elevated chests from chests-on-stands and chests-on-chests often found themselves standing on the floor on newly acquired bun- or bracket feet – and conversely, how some formerly upper chests again, reattained their earlier status.

The walnut chest-on-chest in figure 1 is such a piece of furniture, though it doesn’t quite work.

Fig. 1. A not too happy marriage. (Woolley & Wallis)

The upper chest’s veneers are markedly different (and lighter) than those of the lower chest, though the stylistically later (circa 1745 pattern) handles go some way to visually amalgamate the two chests.

With its proper cornice, the upper chest was always going to be identified as just that. Having such a pronounced cornice, the original en suite lower chest would have been somewhat wider than the present incumbent in order to carry a commensurately substantial waist moulding.

Lot 102, the chest-on-chest comes up for auction at Woolley & Wallis on the 10th of January.

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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2 Responses to Picture This CXVII

  1. potomacker says:

    If I understand you properly, there were two chestonchest that were separated (for unknown reasons and fashion) and we see now the upper chest from one and the base from another united.I agree that the molding is not up to match the cornice, but by eye, it is a snub and seemingly appropriately sized fit. Or am I missing something from seeing only this one view?


    • Jack Plane says:

      Correct, the lower chest of a COC has been united with the upper chest of a COS or another COC.

      I don’t think you’re missing anything, but I feel the little chamfered waist ‘moulding’ is scant.



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