Circa 1885.   American Aesthetic Movement Mirrored Chest of Drawers in a Moorish Taste. This superb example of high end 19th century furniture is from the same estate as the signed Herter Bros. chest we sold earlier.  Fresh to the market, this unique chest, has features that we have never seen before. This low boy has two surmounted flanking cabinets with beveled glass front and outer side, mirrored back and open inner side. The top of each cabinet has an open work brass gallery.  The top of the mirror frame is an unusual marquetry, which looks to me like stylized  clouds and stars. The chest is original finish solid mahogany with satin wood interiors. The chest has large, very ornate brass hardware in a Moorish Taste. The low boy has three long drawers and a secret, spring loaded drawer beneath the top.  This piece embodies the principles of Charles Eastlake and other influential designers of the time with simple, incised, turned and low relief decoration.  Everything is original to this chest, finish hardware and mirrors. The care with which set was constructed suggests that it is from a leading New York cabinet maker's shop and after consulting with other dealers of quality 19th c American furniture, we believe this piece can be strongly attributed to the top notch cabinet makers, Pottier & Stymus. Original finish, very minor repairs, hairline crack to one small mirror, lightly cleaned  and  waxed.  Original locks marked  G. Bayer pat. Feb 6, 1873. Over all fine original condition.  77" tall x 62" widest, base 50" wide x 21 1/2" deep.  Price $7,000.00

Item ID #6299

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