Fig. 1. George II walnut caddy top chest of three drawers, circa 1735. (Bonham’s)
‘Late early’ may sound a little Irish, but, with its caddy top, cock-beading, bail handles and bracket feet, it’s a fairly late interpretation of an early style three (or two-over-two) drawer chest (figure 2).
Fig. 2. William and Mary walnut two-over-two drawer chest, circa 1690. (Keil’s Antiques)
Whilst Bonham’s describe the chest as standing on “shaped bracket feet”, the current solid brackets (figure 3) are not original (they don’t even appear to be walnut). The chest may have formerly stood on bracket feet, however, wear to the vertical veneer on the base suggests the possible antecedence of bun feet – which would make them late in the chronology of feet.
Fig. 3. Spurious foot. (Bonham’s)