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A Rare Early Chest by Lorimer

A rare early oak chest by Sir Robert Lorimer, made by Wheeler of Arncroach with a marquetry panel by Whytock and Reid of Edinburgh. Early Lorimer arts and crafts furniture is very rare and this chest is one of his earliest pieces dating from 1892 and was made as part of a wedding present to his sister Janet on the occasion of her marriage to Sir David Chalmers. At the very beginning of his career Lorimer used the local firm of Wheeler of Arncroach, which was near to the family home of Kellie Castle in Fife, for his cabinet making but he was to quickly move on to the more sophisticated Whytock & Reid of Edinburgh and this piece is a rare combination. Similar marquetry panels with hunting or rural scenes can be found on a variety of his early furniture now in museums or private collections.

Provenance. 1892 Wedding present to his sister Janet and Sir David Chalmers By descent through the family 2001 Sold at auction to Paul Reeves, London Private Collection
Literature Savage, Peter, Lorimer and the Arts and Crafts Designers. Steve Savage 1980 pp66-88 plates 119-125.

107cm wide x 80.5cm high x 44.5cm deep


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