A fine mid 18th century Chippendale period carved mahogany chest of drawers of unusually small size in the manner of William Hallett, having a serpentine fronted moulded top with protruding corners above a brushing slide and four graduated drawers with later ornate rococo brass swan-neck handles, flanked by counter fluted corners each topped with a carved acanthus leaf corbel; on shaped ogee bracket feet. Note: This beautiful small chest of drawers belongs to a group of chests all featuring the unusual counter fluted corners with finely carved acanthus corbels, and most of them having ogee bracket feet. William Hallett worked alongside William Vile and John Cobb and produced furniture of the finest quality; his carving, as in this chest of drawers, is extremely fine. The ogee bracket feet are restorations.
Literature: R. W. Symonds, ‘The varying design and quality of mahogany commodes’, ‘Antique Collector’, June 1952, pp. 127-33. ‘Antique Collector’, December 1956, supplement XV; an almost identical chest of drawers from the same workshop. ‘Country Life’, 26 January 1989, p. 63; an almost identical chest of drawers with Mallett. ‘Country Life’, 8 February 2007; a larger version of identical design and from the same workshop, with Mallett.
Private collection, San Francisco, USA.
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