The bombé chest-on-chest is one of the rarer forms, akin to the Chippendale style. As the name suggests, it is a tall storage furniture consisting of two superimposed bodies.
Each body is equipped of drawers which occupy substantially all the available volume. The lower body with four drawers, slightly wider, is bulged. The shape of its two lower drawers matches the complex bombé curve. The upper body with five rows of drawers is surmounted by a pediment shaped as swan neck, bonnet or scroll. The overall height is approximately 2.30 m.
One of these sumptuous bombé chest on chest dated circa 1765-1780 was sold for $ 1,77M including premium by Skinner on November 1, 2003. Another specimen dated circa 1780 was sold for $ 1.76M including premium by Sotheby's on January 23, 2009 over a lower estimate of $ 800K.
A third example dated circa 1770 is estimated $ 800K for sale by Sotheby's in New York on January 21, lot 697.
SOLD for $ 970K including premium