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Bow-fronted chest of drawers, English, unknown maker, c.1790-1800, mahogany, XF10, ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

Bow-fronted chest of drawers, English, unknown maker, c.1790-1800, mahogany

Height: 83cm
Width: 107cm
Depth: 53cm

Museum number: XF10

Curatorial note

With three drawers of varying depths, the deepest at the bottom; each drawer bordered by a cock bead and with a brass lined keyhole and two wooden knobs (all are probably later replacements; the two on the top drawer are stained black); a pull-out ‘brushing shelf’ with two small lopers above the top drawer; bracket feet.

This is the ‘mahogany case of 3 drawers with mahogany fronts, wainscot rims & bottoms, and a draw-out shelf at top’ listed in the Furniture and Fittings inventory as in Soane’s bedroom at the time of his death. In the 1825 view of the bedroom by J. M. Gandy (Vol. 82, 31) a different chest-of-drawers (XF14) is shown but this does not have the pull-out shelf which is described in the inventory and had been moved elsewhere by 1837.

In 2015 this chest of drawers was reinstated in its original position in the recreated Bedroom as part of Phase 2 of Opening up the Soane.


If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk