19th C Painted Carton Pierre Chest / Cellaret


  • £1,650.00
  • €1,897 Euro
  • $1,876 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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19th C Painted Carton Pierre Chest / Cellaret

A very unusual early 19th Century painted carton pierre chest / cellaret decorated in the Adam Neoclassical style on tapering legs. English Circa 1830. Extremely well decorated in the Neo-Classical style of Robert Adam retaining the original paintwork. Of rectangular form and decorated with bell flower mouldings and swags, the hinged cover with a pair of oval medallions each depicting a profile human mask flanking a central oval with cherubs, the sides centred by grotesque masks raised on tapering square legs. The interior with a velvet lining and to the rear of the cover having a hinged compartment.

This unusual and very decorative chest has the appearance of a cellaret but does not benefit from carrying handles or castors as one would, which makes you think this chest may have been intended for storage purposes with the provision of a lock to deter the less scrupulous visitors and servants. The inclusion of the shallow compartment within the hinged top might suggest a useful compartment for private folios and deeds with the possibility of it looking like cellaret - wine cooler as a decoy.

The decoration is in very good condition considering being of the 19th century with minor chips and looks to be papier-mâché often referred to as carton pierre. A decorative and intriguing chest.

Width 23 inches - 58.5cm
Height 24 1/2 inches - 62.5cm
Depth 16 inches - 41cm


  • H: 62.5cm (24.61in)
  • W: 58.5cm (23.03in)
  • D: 41cm (16.14in)



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Now into the second generation, Loveday antiques is run by Alexander Loveday.

From the early days until 2012 Loveday Antiques had three major showrooms running, located at Chelsea, Ascot and Islington, but sensing the major shift towards the online side of the business in January 2013 Alexander decided to close both Chelsea and Ascot and concentrated more on working via the internet and website as traders, interior designers and the public's buying habits changed.

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The start of 2014 has also led to more change, relocating the original showroom in London from The Furniture Vault in Camden Passage, from where we have traded for over 40 years, to our new showroom conveniently located in Hertfordshire within the A1 and A10 areas, just off the M25.

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