George II Walnut Chest, ca. 1720
My wife's family were from France, and they purchased it in Brittany, France, and they brought it with them when they immigrated close to a hundred years ago. It has inscribed the date on the front, but we're not sure when it was made, don't really know too much about it.
It was acquired in Brittany, and what's interesting is it's not even French.
It's actually English. And it dates from about 1720, 1730, so we'd sort of put that in the George II period. It's made of walnut. This wonderfully carved front panel was recarved in the 19th century.
So this was a completely plain blanket chest, and then at some point, someone decided that they wanted to make it a little bit more exciting. It's inscribed "1648." That was probably added later, when the recarving was done.
If I were to see this come up at auction, I would expect to see a value in the sort of $1,000 to $1,500 range.
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