BRITISH INLAID SATINWOOD DRESSING CHEST, finely executed, the hinged lid concealing upper interior lined with red leather and fitted with removable tray, bone and steel toilet articles, and several cut-glass bottles (all but one bottle likely original), above two hinged cabinet doors concealing four graduated drawers, each silk-lined retaining likely orginal pulls, solid ends with original brass handles, applied cut-out backet-foot base, bone kite-shaped escutcheons, one drawer incised "WH / 1801" and bearing engraved label of unknown association for Nicholas Middleton (British, c.1728-1804). Mahogany, ebony, and various lightwood banding and complex inlaid decoration throughout. Mahogany and oak secondary woods. Retains an old surface with warm color. 19th century. 12 1/4" H, 10 1/2" W, 8" D.
Very good overall condition with minor wear, cracks, and repairs to veneers and inlay. Mirror plate likely replaced. Feet with minor old repairs. Some buckling to veneer on reverse, back board warped.
Provenance: From a private Virginia collection.
Ex-Graham Smith Antiques, Newcastle, England.