France – Circa 1780
This kind of elegant chest was made to store both household linen or cloth and valuable. Also made to be transported by a stage-coach or a boat, therefore the 2 nice wrought iron handles. It also had to be secured, hence the top made of 2 heavy planks tied together by 3 inside forged iron fittings fastened by big rivets visible on the top.
Inside, the large space can be divided in 2 partitions as both grooves are still there. Also, a small box on the upper left side called “esquibel” (in old French) was containing the valuables (money, jewelry, silver).
Comes from Marseille, a large port.
|HEIGHT:||23 in. (58 cm)|
|WIDTH:||4 ft. 1 in. (124 cm)|
|DEPTH:||26 in. (66 cm)|