The Feet on Furniture: Bracket Feet

Detail of a George I burr walnut chest on chest with bracket feet Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

Detail of a George I burr walnut chest on chest with bracket feet
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

We are continuing our Friday series looking the different types of feet on antique furniture to explore the different styles and motifs that were popular throughout the 18th century.

Today we are looking at bracket feet.  As the name suggests, bracket feet are in the shape of a bracket and feature a straight corner edge and curved inner edge.  Bracket feet have been used in English case furniture since the late 17th century and remained popular throughout most of the Georgian era of the 18th century.

A George I Walnut Chest on Chest Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

A George I Walnut Chest on Chest
Mackinnon Fine Furniture Collection

This exceptional quality George I period burr walnut and walnut chest-on-chest of the very finest quality features bracket feet.  The chest’s upper section is carved with moulded cornice and architecturally fluted canted corners with a row of three short drawers above three long drawers, and the lower part has a concealed secretaire-drawer complete with small drawers and pigeon-holes above three further long graduated drawers, the lowest of which is fitted with a magnificent inlaid concave sunburst.  The chest remarkably retains its original brass handles, back-plates, and escutcheons.  It is an outstanding example of early Georgian furniture.

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