Anglo-Indian Camphor & Ebony Campaign Chest of DrawersMid 19th Century
A stunning British colonial campaign secretaire chest of drawers, solidly constructed of wide single planks of camphor and decorated with nicely contrasting ebony.
The secretaire or writing drawer is positioned below two short drawers on the top and is flanked by four short drawers, all above two short drawers and two large ones. The writing flap pulls out and drops down to reveal a fitted interior with three small drawers and two arched pigeon holes. The writing surface with replaced black leather. All of the drawers are flush fitting with the original recessed brass handles. The design of these handles is quite elaborate and rare.
The drawer front also features decorative ebony inlay and banding around the edges. The two reeded pillars on the side are both made from solid pieces of ebony. This truly unique piece rests on bun feet ending in a peg.
The chest is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
Campaign or “knock down” furniture was portable military furniture and used by British officers when they set out for a campaign in India. However, because campaign furniture was extremely versatile, it also appealed to home owners who appreciated its elegance, strength and ease of storage.Calcutta
British Colonial India
H: 117 cm W: 132 cm D: 59 cm
H: 46” W: 52” D: 23”