A superb quality Late Victorian Period serpentine marquetry inlaid antique chest of drawers.The solid mahogany top of serpentine outline and with re-entrant corners having a stunning marquetry inlaid panel depicting the four seasons within a foliate marquetry border with ribbons and swags and an anthemion paterae. The drawers, each oak lined and of serpentine outline having finely cast ormolu handles, with further foliate marquetry inlaid detail and cross banded in goncalo alves. Each of the long rectangular drawers having a central marquetry inlaid panel depicting the arts. The serpentine ends in solid mahogany with an oval goncalo alves banding. The whole raised on elegant cabriole supports and bearing the retailers label "Debenham & Freebody, Wigmore Street, London" English in the French style circa 1890-1900
Condition: This chest is in excellent condition, re-polished in our workshops
Debenham & Freebody, the traditional British department store, originated in a draper’s business founded in 1778 in London. In 1813 a partnership between William Debenham and Thomas Clark created the store known as ‘Clark and Debenham’. After Mr. Clark’s retirement, William was joined in the business by his son (also William) and William Junior’s brother-in-law, Clement Freebody; hence the 1851 ‘Debenham, Son and Freebody.’ Under the new generation of management, after William Sr.‘s retirement, the business became ‘Debenham and Freebody’ in 1863.
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