Indo-Dutch Mahogany & Ebony ChestMid 19th century
An impressive Dutch colonial storage chest of solid plank construction in mahogany, the lid and side panels surrounded by an ebony edge. The front features an elaborate pierced brass escutcheon surrounded by five brass knobs, the original lock and large key present. The sides have beautifully cast bail lift handles. Inside there is a small document compartment and two solid brass hinges secure the lid to the back. The chest rests on trestles each with a large turned mahogany foot in the front.
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.
British colonial India
H: 81 cm W: 158 cm D: 66 cm
H: 32" W: 62" D: 26"