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A Monumental Hepplewhite Inlaid Mahogany Linen Press, England, c.1810

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This Hepplewhite linen press of monumental proportion, is indeed the mother of all linen presses. Not only is it of large size, (both width and height), which give it the correct proportions, it is also a Tour de Force of the Hepplewhite style with a matrix of magnificent contrasting mahogany veneers accented by satinwood banding.  Note the broken arch pediment with the satinwood panel in the center flanked by two satinwood plynths at either end, below which is a lined decorative motif of rectangles within a magnificent crotch mahogany panel (see detail). The doors have beautiful matching ovals accented with satinwood which is further edged with ebony (see detail). The sides of this case are highly figured solid mahogany slabs (see below). Note, the break between the upper and lower case is constructed and framed with an angular banding of rosewood edged with satinwood. The drawers are line inlaid and have very unique and substantial brass pulls. This case rests upon its original French feet with a magnificent inlay which employs ivory.

Height:97 1/4in. Width: 49 in.  Depth: 22 in.
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