A superbly figured William IV mahogany chest of drawers of unusual inverted break-front form, featuring magnificent turned green horn knobs inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 

attributed to William Trotter of Edinburgh

circa 1830


Three inverted and recessed concave-fronted deep drawers in superbly figured & book matched Cuban mahogany, featuring highly attractive turned green cattle horn knobs inlaid with mother of pearl florets, surmounted by a single shallow 'hidden' top drawer in the freize. Each of the three deep drawers carved and cock-beaded to the inverted front out of a single piece of three-inch thick Cuban flame mahogany, the top molded out of a single plank of mahogany with ogee-stepped edge.


The chest stands upon a concave-fronted inverted breakfront plinth.

The original Bramah brass locking mechanisms on each drawer are patent stamped with the cipher of WR for William IV (1830-37).

A superb Scottish flame mahogany inverted breakfront chest, Trotter c1830

  • Additional Information

    This highly unusual piece showcases exceptional quality of materials and workmanship, evident in the massive slabs of Cuban mahogany which have been cut out of the solid wood, concave-recessed and cock-beaded for the drawer fronts.

    Another remarkable and exceptionally rare feature is the exceptionally fine green horn knobs made inlaid with mother-of-pearl - a remarkable process to have achieved almost two centuries ago, and equally remarkable to have remained in pristine condition.

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