VERY FINE GEORGE III PERIOD MAHOGANY BREAKFRONT CABINET
England c. 1790
Item # 703HOZ20Q
An exquisite piece of careful craftsmanship, this fine breakfront exhibits precision and perfect symmetry with most excellent timbers throughout. Crotch-mahogany planks are selected for the doors, likely all cut from the same plank; the drawers are harmonious with the center two match-booked for a flowing effect, the flanking drawers also with an opposing grain that flows outward symmetrically. The choices were clearly made carefully and with great intention, the result being quite spectacular visually. Years of waxing and gentle sunlight have mellowed the wood to a fine cognac and ruby hue, most pleasing and silky to the touch. The drawers show the crisp dovetailing of a practiced craftsman, the golden oak secondary woods joined with tiny blocks beneath the underside in a manner that allows the drawer to be incredibly light. Each drawer appears to retain it’s original brass stamped backplate and pull.
The breakdown nature of the cabinet allows it to be easily transported, the crest raising off to release the three middle sections to be lifted free of the solid lower unit. This simple method has allowed the case to remain in rather outstanding overall condition - notable is the absence of shelving in the center unit of the bookcase, but these can be easily fabricated by a carpenter. The generous use of pine as secondary woods in the backboards, utilizing a recessed panel set in grooves of tenon-mortised framing to provide incredible strength while preserving lightness throughout.
The glass throughout appears to be original and remains in excellent condition. It is an inordinately special piece with untouched structure, a visually powerful work of architecture that is such a noteworthy strike point for the study, home office or living room.
Measurements: 79” W x 20 1/2” D x 94” H
Locks replaced (one key). Some repairs to drawers. Minor patches to veneers, specifically on the back edge of the case on one side, corners of doors and other small surface restorations. Wear and chipping along the bottom edges of the base molding. Early surface, not original with a wonderful mellowed cognac color. Middle section is missing shelves, several dowel pegs replaced with simple dowels. Original structure, untouched and free of any alteration. Please scroll down and view all images of this piece for a full overview of condition.