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Dark wood chiffonier with carved backboard and shelf. Two doors at front and raised on a black lift.
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The two chiffonier cabinets in the Richmond’s living room date from the early-to-mid 1800s. They both feature carved decorations on the top edges of the backboards. Victorian chiffoniers tended to take on the characteristics of the Rococo revival with a notable increase in carved ornament and scrollwork around the serpentine-shaped backs. It was a key piece of furniture in many dining rooms.
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The 'dark wood' is Australian cedar, the self columns are upside down (please do correct that!) and the knobs are recent additions ... otherwise a fine c.1875 colonial chiffonier in the 'French style'.

- William Cottrell

Posted on 23-01-2018 22:56:07

Ohhh, forgot to add the plinth is completely wrong... Most likely it had turned feet when first made. See patterns by Jenks & Holt (1869) London and G & H Story (1865) London, HPT, Caroline SImpson Library, The Mint, Sydney.

- William Cottrell

Posted on 23-01-2018 23:01:24