Anglo-Indian Mahogany & Ebony Campaign Secretaire Chest of DrawersMid 19th Century
A beautiful British colonial campaign secretaire chest of drawers in richly grained mahogany giving sharply defined contrast to the inlay work on the drawer fronts and the ebony mouldings. The secretaire or writing drawer is positioned above two short drawers and two large ones. The writing flap pulls out and drops down to reveal a fitted interior -made of camphorwood- with five small drawers, a central lockable compartment flanked by six arched pigeon holes. The writing surface with replaced black leather. All of the drawers are flush fitting with the original recessed brass handles. On the sides brass carrying handles. This remarkable piece rests on solid ebony claw feet.
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.
British colonial India
H: 107 cm W: 93 cm D: 47 cm
H: 42” W: 36 ½” D: 18 ½”