19th Century Antique Lingerie Chest
What makes this stunning piece even more distinctive is its eight drawers. Most lingerie chests have only seven drawers—one for each day of the week. Made from mahogany, the cabinet-maker also included plum pudding mahogany on the top and sides, as well as the drawer faces. Plum pudding mahogany is similar to burl, and the result is a lovely-figured grain pattern with circular marks. Plum pudding mahogany is a rare find, so it is usually used as a veneer, as is the case with this piece. The time-honored quality construction of this piece is notable in the details like solid mahogany trim edges and feet, as well as the recessed turned drawer knobs. Each drawer has a lock and key with a bronze escutcheon. The coved design of the chest’s top is atypical of the Napoleon style, yet adds a lovely architectural element to its construction. Beyond serving as a special piece in a master bedroom or closet, this antique lingerie chest could find a home in a sitting room or office setting.