Primary design elements of this bow-front chest, circa 1825, reflect both German Biedermeier and French Napoleonic influences which early 19th century immigrant cabinetmakers imparted to the American Empire Furniture style.
The chest is distinguished for the rounded, columnar form of its end panels which, in their forward projection, boldly frame four convex drawers. In typical Empire fashion, the drawer fronts are embellished with slipmatched, figured cherry veneer. Turret-shaped corners on the top and base of the chest conform to the rounded front edge of the outset end panels, achieving a unique continuity in design.
Documentation confirms that an exceptional set of American Empire furniture, including a pair of bow-front chests, was made by the Wetherill family of Philadelphia by Anthony Quervelle, a French cabinetmaker who arrived in America prior to 1817. Crafted in Solid Appalachian cherry, the American Empire Collection features fancy veneers, solid brass mountings and polishised granite, creating a certain panache which serves to enhance the broad appeal and traditional styling of these STATTON reproductions.
Trimmed in Solid Brass
Solid Cherry and Veneers
Width:38 3/4" Depth: 20" Height 33 1/2"