Anglo-Indian Teakwood Secretaire Chest of DrawersMid 19th century
A British colonial campaign secretaire chest of drawers in two parts, made of teakwood with brass straps. The top drawer of the top part folds open to a writing surface and reveals an interior fitted with two drawers and other compartments. The lower section has two deep long drawers and rests on bracket feet. The drawer fronts are moulded with a nicely contrasting rosewood trim and all of the drawers are flush fitting with the original recessed brass handles. The piece is solidly constructed of single planks of beautifully grained teakwood with iron lift handles on the sides.
The cupboard is in good condition and has been lovingly restored and finished to its former glory using a traditional form of French polishing and waxing.
Campaign or “knock down” furniture was portable military furniture and used by British officers when they set out for a campaign in India. However, because campaign furniture was extremely versatile, it also appealed to home owners who appreciated its elegance, strength and ease of storage.
British colonial India
H: 89 cm W: 72 cm D: 39 cm H: 35” W: 28½” D: 15½”
H: 35” W: 28½” D: 15½”