19th century English Carved Oak Chest Cabinet Gothic Revival Monkey Owl Violin
19th century English Carved Oak Chest Cabinet Gothic Revival Monkey Owl Violin.
Direct from London, England, a very important carved chest with hand carved details that are some of the very best from the 19th century. The cabinet’s distinguished provenance is evident with the superb level of carvings as well as original maker’s tags.
Carvings begin at the top frieze and continue to the base of the cabinet; at the top, ornately carved mask, flanked by outward facing birds with lavish carved foliate and carved serpent faces at each corner. The center bank has four drawers, with each drawer fully carved across the front, having very large, dual dimensional carved masks, with open mouths that provide drawer pulls underneath. The hand carvings that flank the bank of drawers are equally elaborate: carved birds to the top, both nesting and in flight, amidst and above Black Forest carved foliage and fruits, grapes, acorns.
Below the fruits, the left side features a carved owl sitting on a carved plinth (note the details to the owl’s face and feathers); the right side, a carved squirrel eating an acorn on a matching carved plinth. And the final figural carvings, each side has a carved monkey playing a violin; again, with meticulous details to the money faces, the hair, the hands, and even to the violins and the bows with which they are playing.
Interior drawer has original maker’s tags, “Hewetsons, Tottenham Court Road, London”. (Note: For most of the 19th century, Tottenham Court Road in London, was the world renown hub for bespoke, hand-crafted furniture, just as Savile Row was for tailored clothing).
Hand dovetailed drawers with original brass locks, fully stamped “Hobbs & Co London”. Superb quality throughout, well built by craftsmen and master carvers of the period. circa1890.
Measurements: 58.75” ht. x 33.5” x 21”. Upper two drawer interiors, 9” ht. x 20.5” x 15” deep. Lower two drawer interiors, 10” ht. x 20.5” x 15” deep. NOTE: All of our antiques are direct from Europe. I personally select each item for the quality, design and unique characteristics that you will always find in our distinctive inventory at Geaux Vintage Antiques. …” with all that, why ‘Geaux’ anywhere else?” …
Condition: Good condition for its age, normal signs of age, use, dings, scratches, imperfections. Working keys are not included. Replacement board to the top. Three separate sections; top, center, and lower base. Included multiple photos should be considered as an integral part of the description.
Shipping: Due to the larger size, this item requires freight service. White glove service, fully insured, FOB Shreveport, delivered and placed inside your home (first floor only). Typically, 5-7 weeks, depending on your location. Free pick-up is also available at our location in Shreveport, LA. Please contact Geaux Vintage Antiques with any questions or for more photos!