Gentleman’s mahogany clothes Press


A fine Scottish Georgian period mahogany Gentleman’s Press circa 1780

Product Description

The swan-neck pediment with inlaid decoration and dentil moulding above two oval panelled cross-banded doors with inlaid corner decoration enclose original oak adjustable trays. The lower section of two short and two long cross-banded drawers retain original handles and escutcheons, raised on shaped bracket feet. Possibly by William ‘Deacon’ Brodie, Edinburgh

  • Height: 84ins (213.5cm)
  • Width: 48ins (122cm)
  • Depth: 23.5ins (59cm)

William Brodie, also known as ‘Deacon’ from 1767 went in to partnership with his father Francis a highly respected cabinet maker in Edinburgh’s Low Market, inheriting the business on his father’s death. Like his father he became a highly regarded craftsman and deacon of the trades guild and an Edinburgh city councillor. But he had a dissolute side. To support his gambling, five mistresses and illegitimate children he turned to crime and led a gang of burglars. He took wax impressions of the keys of houses of his clients to return at night and rob them of items he had identified during the day. In 1788 he was hanged for his part in robbing the Edinburgh’s Excise Office. Little furniture made by William Brodie has been traced.

Literature ref: ‘ A Dictionary of Edinburgh Cabinet Makers ‘ by Francis Bamford