Imposing 17th Century Portuguese Colonial Mahogany


  • £7,850.00
  • €9,239 Euro
  • $9,615 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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Imposing 17th Century Portuguese Colonial Mahogany

An imposing 17th Century mahogany Portuguese colonial trunk / chest, of grand proportions, decorated with pierced brass panels.

Probably Brazil, circa 1670.

This rare chest is of Iberian design, that first emerged in the 16th century with its distinctive lozenge panelling.

The large hinged mahogany top having a jacaranda timber moulded edge, secured by a wonderful large central iron lock, retaining its original hand forged key, opening to reveal a large storage compartment. Below are three bolection-moulded panels applied with decorative pierced and scrolling brass panels, the central acting as an escutcheon, with the conforming sides having carrying handles.

In two sections, the top sits over a base raised on compressed bun feet, housing two fielded panelled apron drawers, with central brass escutcheons and conforming faux sides.

In wonderful original condition with good colour and patina having been wax polished, the bottom two drawers lacking locks.

An extremely impressive chest / trunk with the brass lozenge designed panels giving it a very decorative feel, which will work well in todays interiors as a statement piece.

It is very possible this originated from Brazil and would have most likely been used to store items of wealth, the likes of the families silver etc.

Width: 80 1/4 inches - 204cm
Height: 41 1/4 inches - 105cm
Depth: 29 1/2 inches - 75cm


  • H: 105cm (41.34in)
  • W: 204cm (80.31in)
  • D: 75cm (29.53in)


c 1670

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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.

The internet now allows us to trade globally 24/7, whilst keeping our overheads down and passing on these savings to our clients.

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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