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.
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.