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Dutch Colonial Brass Bound Chest

Mid 19th century

SGD 9,800

A stunning and unique Dutch colonial big storage chest with an overlapping lid all six sides made of single planks of rosewood.  The chest is strengthened and simultaneously ornamented by beautiful open work brass mounts on the sides, front and back. The sides have cast bail lift handles against a pierced brass back plate, the front with a pierced brass escutcheon. It also features the original lock and hinges. Inside, just one large storage space while the two beautiful brass hinges secure the lid to the back.
People owned a number of chests. The many moves from post to post undertaken by the trading companies officials in the course of their careers made the chest an indispensable item of furniture in every household. They were mainly used for storage, but due to their striking appearance also served as a display of wealth by the owner.

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. The Indian rosewood that this piece has been made of has a naturally occurring dark shade with a striking grain.

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South India
Dutch colonial India
H: 68 cm W: 154 cm D: 72 cm
H: 26½“ W: 60½“ D: 28½“

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