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Exceptional 18th Century Red Walnut Linen Press c. 1740

c. 1740
Full Description
A magnificent low countries linen press made between 1730
and 1750 and in exemplary original condition. Made from the highest
quality timbers, the press is fully mortised and pegged jointed - no
nails, screws or later timbers. Solid walnut carcase with full oak
linings to the drawers and original oak shelves throughout.

back panels are oak also. All of the locks, escutcheons and brass
handles are original and in superb condition. The handles with hand
engraved decoration. There is a working key.

The pediment with
carved cartouche and geometric coved and returned top. The solid walnut
doors have fielded panels with shaped frames and these open and close
smoothly on original heavy brass hinges. The oak shelves are original.
Beneath the central shelf are two walnut fronted oak drawers which slide
easily and are very solid and robust. There are three original oak and
walnut inner drawers with original handles and, again, beautifully
fitted. To the base there are two short over two long drawers, each with
serpentine shaped fronts. On opening the second drawer and sliding your
hand under the dustboard you can locate two sliding wooden tenons - one
on either side. These release secret doors at the flanks of the base
section. Behind each secret door are four graduated finely crafted oak
lined drawers with walnut offset bow fronts and original brass button

Cabinet makers were often required to create secret
storage compartments in case furniture. This is a bespoke piece and the
maker has devised a most ingenious mechanism - the doors to the knees
fitting so well that there is no sign that the secret drawers are there.
The workmanship in this piece is of the highest quality. The red walnut
is of the finest grade, a tight grained figured timber, the whole
having a superb colour and patina. The condition of the piece is
immaculate with no damage, woodworm, wobbles, loose joints and no
significant dings or marks.