The Portsmouth Hepplewhite Drop Panel Chest
The original chests feature highly ornamental veneered and
inlaid drawer fronts, with three segmented panels of richly figured veneer,
usually flame birch, surrounded by rosewood or mahogany crossbanding, and
further outlined with string inlays. Geometric inlays ornament the edge
Our American Federal Classics ™ replica Portsmouth chest is a faithful and exact copy of a rare original drop panel chest which sold for a record price at public auction. It is made of select Honduras mahogany and features a richly figured mahogany veneered top with inlaid edge, above four drawers with two rectangular panels and a central oval panel, raised on a base with conforming oval drop panel and flaring french feet. The dynamic proportions are complemented with a hand rubbed natural shellac finish which completes a striking and exquisite piece.