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George I Oak Low Boy

This George I Oak Low Boy is not only an unusual and striking piece of furniture from the early 18th century, but it is also an important and rare transitional piece in the history of English cabinet making. This piece showcases a significant transition in the use of wood in English furniture making, as it features front legs made of mahogany or red walnut, rather than the traditional oak or walnut.

The use of mahogany or red walnut on the front legs of the low boy is significant because it marks a shift towards the use of exotic imported woods in English furniture making. This transition was driven by a desire to create furniture that was more luxurious and decorative, as well as by the availability of new and exotic materials from the British colonies.

However, the use of mahogany or red walnut on the front legs of the low boy would have been an expensive luxury during the early 18th century. This sparing use of precious imported exotic wood reveals the high cost of luxury and the value placed on such materials during this time period.

Despite the transitional nature of the piece, the George I Oak Low Boy still features many of the ornate decorative elements that were highly valued during the early 18th century. The thumb-molded top, pierced gothic brass handles and escutcheon, ornamental apron with ogee cut detail, and ball and claw feet with shell motifs on the knees all combine to create a highly decorative and desirable piece of furniture.

In summary, the George I Oak Low Boy is not only a rare and unusual piece of early 18th-century furniture, but it is also an important transitional piece in the history of English cabinet making. The use of mahogany or red walnut on the front legs marks a shift towards the use of exotic imported woods in English furniture making, and the sparing use of such materials reveals the high cost of luxury during this time period. Despite these changes, the low boy still features many ornate decorative elements that were highly valued during the early 18th century, making it a desirable and valuable piece of antique furniture.

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George I Oak Low Boy

Stock Number: 23289

George I Oak Low Boy, the thumb molded top above one long and three short drawers with pierced gothic brass handles and escutcheon, the ornamental apron with ogee cut detail, the whole raised on ball and claw feet with shell motif on the knees.
Approximate Dimensions
  • Height: 74 cm (29.13 inches)
  • Width: 81 cm (31.89 inches)
  • Depth: 48 cm (18.90 inches)

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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 74 cm (29.13 inches)
  • Width: 81 cm (31.89 inches)
  • Depth: 48 cm (18.90 inches)

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