Tasmanian Cedar Chest of Drawers 1826

posted 13 Jun 2021, 18:06 by Patrick Robinson
An important Australian Regency cedar chest of drawers signed and dated by Scottish cabinetmaker James Jeffreys:
“James Jeffreys cabinet maker Hobart Town Van Demans Land July 17 1826.”

In September 1824 free settler James Jeffreys arrived in Hobart Town on board the Australian Company’s ship Portland from Leith Scotland, accompanied by his wife.
Jeffreys is listed as a cabinetmaker at 16 Elizabeth Street 1827-1831 and Argyle Street 1831-1832.
This is the only known example of his work.

Featuring a gadrooned carved top over three top drawers and three graduating lower drawers, all cockbeaded, the shaped bracket foot base detailed with a double reeded moulding.
Brass handles replaced with early 19th century originals.

The chest is inscribed to the underside of the top in chalk and on all the top faces of the framing timber in pencil.
Further information, photos and inspections on request.
Enquiries  The Appleyard