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A Rather Short Tallboy

If there is anything more boring than a chest of drawers, then arguably it must be two of them, even in the form of a chest-on-chest. Calling it a tallboy makes it marginally more interesting and this was the term that was most often used when this type of furniture made its appearance around 1700. As a storage device for clothes it makes very efficient use of a modest floor area and, possibly for this reason, it remained popular throughout the 18th century.

We have on display a mahogany example, dating from around 1780, that has the advantage of not being too tall (in fact around 6ft 2”) which makes it easier to access the upper drawers.

It has good decorative features: on the upper portion, there are reeded, canted corners and an arcaded frieze under the cornice; the lower half has a brushing slide and bracket feet that are shaped in such a way as to disguise (rather than exaggerate) the height.

Our tallboy is original in two important respects: there is negligible wear on the drawers and hence no interference with the runners and the patina is undisturbed

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