A rare holly green and vermillion painted large chest of drawers by Ambrose Heal c1898, “The Cottagers Chest”.
Label to inside. Clearly showing the influences of earlier Ford Maddox Brown designs of Simple Furniture for Morris & Co.
Two door cabinet over four graduating long drawers with stylised heart shaped recessed handles, over shaped base.
Similar illustrated in Nineteenth Century Design by Charlotte Gere and Michael Whiteway p 235.
A similar example exists at the Victoria & Albert Museum (illustrated in 19thC English Furniture by Elizabeth Aslin pl 114). h: 60” d: 21” w: 42”
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