Apprentice-Made Linen Press
Early 19th Century
A beautiful example of an apprenticeman's mahogany and inlaid linen press dating from the early 1800s. The craftsmanship and detail is superb. It is bordered with sycamore lines, having a swan neck pediment, enclosed by a pair of doors and with two short and two long drawers below with button handles and lozenge key plates, on bracket feet.
The doors and both long drawers are lockable and come with their original working keys. Each drawer has got beautiful hand-made dovetail joints and the inside of the cupboard is lined with blue paper.
Each element has been finished to the highest standard and the result is a superb piece. It has been very well looked after over the years and is in excellent condition for its age. There are no major damages and the wood has a lovely rich patina. The drawers all run well and the hinges on the doors are strong. There is a small chip on the side of the piece which has been filled and repaired at some point. As is often the case with a piece of such age the main carcass has shrunk a tad over the period of 170+ years and there are some very slight hairline fractures to the veneer but as can be seen in the numerous photographs they do not detract from what is a fine looking item.
Height : 16" / 41cm
Width : 11" / 28cm
Depth : 6" / 16cm
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