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Antique Neoclassical Painted German Chest Three Drawers circa 1790

A most unusual Neoclassical antique German painted chest of drawers circa 1790. The unique feature on this antique chest is where the lock is located. Instead of each drawer having a lock with a separate key the lock on this Neoclassical chest is found on the side at the upper left. By opening and closing the lock with the key all three of the drawers are able to be locked at the same time. This is a rare application of using a lock and key to keep the contents safe. During this period of course most households had servants and all valuable objects were kept under lock and key. Please enlarge the photographs to see all of the details both of the refreshed painted finish as well as the construction details (especially revealing are the photographs of the reverse of the chest). Notice how the painted design on the front of this German chest simulates columns flanking the drawers while the drawer fronts themselves have a symmetrical painted design between the ring pulls. Elevated on straight tapered legs this chest has a modern elegance to its overall appearance.
# 013LFMA56


43.00" w x 20.00" d x 35.50" h

109.22cm w x 50.80cm d x 90.17cm h