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January 16, 2014 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Mandy

Campaign furniture was made to specifically fold or breakdown for ease of travel and was designed to be carried on the march by travelling armies, especially associated with British Army Officers, who often carried high quality portable furniture in the Georgian and Victorian Periods (1714-1901)

The most common item of campaign furniture was the military/campaign chest. These were made from either mahogany or teak and breakdown into two sections and have removable legs with brass strap work and corners for protection. Also having recessed handles that didn’t get broken off during transportation.

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July 19, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Mandy

A rare Japanese antique chest has been sold at auction for £6.3 million after being used by a French engineer as a drinks cabinet and TV stand. The engineer purchased the wooden chest, which is five feet in length, for £100 when he moved to London. Following his death, his family discovered the chest while clearing out his home in France and found that the chest dated back to 1640 and had been lost since 1941, which was when the chest was last recorded.

The chest has an intriguing history, which has helped to increase the value. It was made by Kaomi Nagashige in 1640 for the Dutch East India Company. In 1658, it was sold to the chief minister of France before being handed down through his family. William Beckford, a British poet, purchased the chest in 1802 and it was passed to his daughter before being sold in 1882. The antique chest was then sold to a collector, Sir Clifford Cory, who died in 1941 – which is when it fell from the radar. A Polish doctor had bought the chest, then sold it on for £100 to the engineer.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam bought the Japanese chest at auction for the huge sum, although its expected value was £200,000. According to the curator, Menno Fitski, the antique box was the best when it was made and remains the best. He also said that the amazing history added to its uniqueness. If you have an antique chest lying around, a reputable antiques dealer in Lancashire or elsewhere may be able to tell you about its history.

May 20, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Mandy

A bachelors chest  is a small, shallow and relatively low chest, English in origin, containing three to four drawers, usually graduated; in the first models, which date from the late 17th century, the top was hinged, and could fold out to become a writing surface, supported by runners or knobbed slides (lopers); later varieties, in the 18th century, had a brushing slide just underneath the top – a pull-out surface for writing or laying out of clothing; usually made of walnut, oak or elm; bun feet were most common on the early chests, but were replaced by the more fashionable bracket feet as the century progressed

Although the term came to mean any small chest of drawers, originally the bachelor’s chest was a multi-purpose piece of furniture, perfect for a single gentleman occupying a small bachelor’s pad or flat.

February 18, 2013 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Mandy

A bachelor’s chest is a small, shallow and relatively low chest, English in origin, containing three to four drawers, usually graduated; in the first models, which date from the late 17th century, the top was hinged, and could fold out to become a writing surface, supported by runners or lopers, later varieties, in the 18th century, had a brushing slide just underneath the top , a pull-out surface for writing or laying out of clothing; usually made of walnut, oak or mahogany; bun feet were most common on the early chests  but were replaced by the more fashionable bracket feet as the century progressed.  Although the term came to mean any small chest of drawers, originally the bachelor’s chest was a multi-purpose piece of furniture, perfect for a single gentleman occupying a small bachelor’s pad.

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March 15, 2012 - Filed under: Antique Chests — Tags: — Mandy

Chests of drawers during the 18th Century played both a decorative and utilitarian role, which suffered a decline in Victorian times. Relegated to the bedroom, its place was taken by chiffoniers and display cabinets.

Designers and manufacturers began to show equal reduction in the decorative treatment of chests of drawers, which made them become functional and plain. Although there was a degree of quality in the construction, the use of decorative veneers on the fronts of the drawers helped to break the solidity of Victorian Chests.

 

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