British Colonial Rosewood Secretaire Chest of DrawersMid 19th century
A beautiful British colonial campaign secretaire chest of drawers in richly grained rosewood giving sharply defined contrast to the brass inlay work on the drawer fronts. The secretaire or writing drawer is positioned above two short drawers and two large ones. The top drawer opens to reveal a secretaire interior, fitted with a black leather writing surface and eight drawers, all with a brass pull. It further features two pigeon holes and a compartment that can be locked. A few secret compartments are hidden at the back. All of the drawers are flush fitting with the original recessed. brass handles. On the sides brass carrying handles. This remarkable piece rests on four inverted cup feet ending in a peg and a ring.
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.
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The secretaire 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. The Indian rosewood that this piece has been made off has a naturally occurring dark shade with a striking grain.
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British colonial India
H: 119 cm W: 125 cm D: 60 cm
H: 47” W: 49” D: 23½”