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Chest: M.3-1948

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Mahogany chest of bombé shape with lid, two drawers, four bracket feet, brass handles and brass mounts.

Mahogany chest of bombé shape at the front and sides, the lid with carved gadrooned border. A contemporary ormolu handle at each side of fluted and splayed design with leaf motif at centre. Originally embellished with pierced ormolu mounts on the upper and lower front corners, and with a large pierced lockplate. These are now missing, and the present cast lockplate is not original. Inside the lid, a modern brass strengthening band and large brass bolts. The stand is set on four bracket feet carved with gadroons, rococo scrolls and leaves, the lower moulding also carved with a foliate motif. It contains two drawers decorated with blind fretwork, each with two ormolu rococo handles and backplates


History note: Unknown before donor, S. Harris

Legal notes

Given by S. Harris in memory of his brother, George Harris

Measurements and weight

Depth: 82.6 cm
Height: 106.7 cm
Width: 149.9 cm

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1948-03-02) by Harris, S.


Mid 18th Century
George II
Circa 1750 CE - Circa 1760 CE

Components of the work

Carcase composed of mahogany
Mounts composed of brass (alloy)
Mounts, Lockplate

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Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1948
Primary reference Number: 98194
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 12 January 2021 Last processed: Thursday 8 April 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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