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 with 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 piece stands on four melon sectioned 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. The Indian rosewood that this piece has been made of has a naturally occurring dark shade with a striking grain.
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British colonial India
H: 118 cm W: 111 cm D: 51 cm
H: 46½” W: 43½” D: 20”