19th Century Empire Bow-Front Chest in Burled Olivewood and Ebony

19th Century Empire Bow-Front Chest in Burled Olivewood and Ebony
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Price: $8, 950.00
Product ID : CHE00240

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Overview

An unusual chest in rare burled olive wood with inlaid bandings and diamond-shaped key plates in ebony, with bowed front and splayed block feet. American, probably Pennsylvania, circa 1820. This chest in elm root or burled Olive wood, presents a small mystery. It looks very much like a Northern European chest from either Northern Germany or Scandinavia. We found it in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, "in the black" meaning it had not been touched - likely since its construction. The interior drawer bottoms are in poplar, which is indicative of American construction, and the back of the chest is constructed and fastened like an American chest from this period and region.
The mystery is the veneer. It is not a local wood to that part of Pennsylvania. As an American chest of drawers, it is a highly unusual and unique piece. Chest has original working locks and 1 key.
Measures: 46" wide x 26" deep x 44" high.

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Details
OF THE PERIOD
Biedermeier
PLACE OF ORIGIN
United States
DATE OF MANUFACTURE
1820
PERIOD
Early 19th Century
MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
Polished Burled Olive Wood, Elm, Poplar, Ebony
CONDITION
Good
See Condition Descriptions: Good - Lightly used, with very light scratches, or minor cosmetic wear, but has no structural issues. Most antique and vintage items fit this condition.
CONDITION DETAILS
The key plates were missing so we remade them in ebony following the original incised holes.
WEAR
Wear consistent with age and use.
DIMENSIONS
H 44 in. x W 46 in. x D 26 in.
H 111.76 cm x W 116.84 cm x D 66.04 cm
SELLER LOCATION
Miami, FL

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