British Colonial Rosewood Secretaire Chest of DrawersMid 19th century
A British colonial campaign secretaire chest of drawers made of solid rosewood. The top drawer opens to reveal a secretaire interior, fitted with a black leather writing surface and eight drawers, all drawers with a brass pull. It is also fitted two pigeon holes and a compartment that can be locked. This top drawer features many secret compartments. All of the chest’s drawers are carved with a sunburst design, centered with the original recessed brass handle. The drawers are flanked by two spirally turned solid pillars. The piece stands on four melon sectioned tapered feet. The sunburst or “Surajmukhi” is a typical motive of the state of Gujarat signifying prosperity.
The chest of drawers is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
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British colonial India
H: 117 cm W: 113 cm D: 51 cm
H: 46” W: 44½” D: 20”