ENGLISH GEORGE III MAHOGANY LINEN PRESS
Circa 1780, with gorgeous early patina
Item # 611JTZ05Q
A silky and beautifully developed early surface patina allows the dense island Mahogany utilized throughout the case to simply glow beneath a projecting cornice - this remains in untouched condition with all original blocking and nearly black levels of oxidization in the unseen areas. Fine little dentil molded teeth surround the three sides over cove molding. The doors are crafted with mahogany through tenon-mortised frames within which are set chamfered solid mahogany panels, opening on original brass hinges to reveal what originally would have been four linen drawers - the top drawer is no longer with the case. This upper section is self contained and lifts off of the lower chest for easy transport, the entire unit locked together with dovetailing in the upper and lower pine planks. The lower chest of drawers features a pair of smaller drawers over two broad drawers, all graduated only gently. The backboards remain untouched in both the upper and lower portions of the linen press.
The case presents beautifully and is particularly attractive for it’s relatively diminutive size - being only 74 1/2” in overall height, the press does not overwhelm an interior but rather seems to be of quite perfect proportions.
Measurements: 74 1/2” H x 50” W x 25” D
Brasses are period replacements. Loss to proper right corner of cornice. Missing top linen drawer. One drawer with a spliced runner. Some patching to back edge of proper left side, right side with a triangular patch at waist molding. Our assessment is that the feet are original with a few replaced blocks. Old shrink cracks in the sides of the case. Surface is quite early though not original, beautifully patinated and worn - age appropriate scuffs/chips/etc. Includes one key. Drawers operate smoothly without sticking in both the top and bottom, upper section lock operates nicely to close the doors. Outstanding overall condition.