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. This piece comes with Lorimers original drawing for the marquetry panel which is very special. Early Lorimer arts and crafts furniture is very rare and this chest is one of his earliest pieces dating from 1892 and was made for his sister Janet and her husband 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, such as the Rug Chest (5th image) made by Whytock & Reid in 1895, now in the National Museum of Scotland.

1892 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.
H 80.5cm x W 107cm x D 44.5cm
H 31¾" x W 42¼" x D 17¾"
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