Picture This CXX

Reader Pete Smithies drew my attention to another exceptionally shallow chest of drawers (figure 1). However, this one has not spent its life on the high seas.

Fig. 1. George III mahogany chest of drawers, circa 1800. (Antique Atlas/Jonathon Drake)

The (approximately 12″ deep) carcase sides are veneered in two narrow, random width leaves (figure 2). Had this been the original depth, the sides would have undoubtedly been veneered with (easily obtainable) single-width leaves, or at the very least, uniform-width bookmatched leaves.

Fig. 2. Asymmetrically veneered sides.  (Antique Atlas/Jonathon Drake)

Also, the crossbanding and ebony stringing along the rear of the chest’s top are now gone (figure 3).

Fig. 3. Perhaps not the best candidate for cutting down. (Antique Atlas/Jonathon Drake)

It’s an honest enough chest (the description states the chest has been adapted). Reducing the depth of a chest to suit a narrow hall or corridor isn’t an uncommon conversion.

Maritime- and campaign furniture buyers beware!

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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3 Responses to Picture This CXX

  1. Ken says:

    How much do adaptations such as this affect the value of a piece?


    • Jack Plane says:

      In this case, seemingly not much: the chest is for sale for AU$1,270 (US$995). It hasn’t sold though.

      It’s certainly no collector’s item and shoppers will always buy what they want irrespective of what the label says.



  2. Joe M says:

    I guess the owner kept his “shorts” in the drawers.


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