This is a bureau of monumental stature and size. The case itself is comprised of a bow-front chest of drawers of the finest matched mahogany that radiates a glorious reddish amber color. This piece is embellished with just about all the bells and whistles one could expect. Take a moment and go through the various close-ups. Note the carved embellishment below the chest of drawers, both above and below the apron. Note the vigorously turned legs and the carved columnar elements, all of which are freestanding. The pineapple is magnificent, as are all other elements and interestingly, the quirky squared acanthus leaf design is remarkably similar to one by Dodge. This chest is fully developed with a grouping of smaller drawers above the bureau top as well as a most beautifully carved backsplat including mounts.
Interestingly, tombstones are integrated into the upper chest flanking the two top main drawers; another cabinetmaker would have hardly deemed this necessary. Also, note that the sides of this chest are constructed in the earlier manner of one complete slab of mahogany and not constructed with panels, as was done later in more commercial applications later in the period. This chest is obviously the work of a master cabinetmaker showing all of his skills. Note that the brasses are original and that this piece is in just about mint condition.
Height: 58 1/4 in. Width: 46 in. Depth: 21 in.