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I believe this is the finest carved 19th century French chest or trunk I have ever offered for sale. Sometimes called a marriage chest or mothers chest, this piece is very finely hand carved in the Black Forest tradition. Note the front panel of chest is elaborately relief carved with a scene from a Jean de la Fontaine fable L'ane et Le Chien (The Donkey & the Dog)---would be a charming addition to any child's room. The top panel is incised carved with a coat of arms featuring a stag and a lion flanking a shield. Piece retains the original metal strap hinges and side handles. The chest is further adorned with an acorn & oak leaf pattern & figural carvings. Chest is Signed and dated by the maker, C H. Trenckle Sculp. 1885. Nice manageable size at 22 high 44 5/8 long and 16 1/2 deep. The piece is in overall excellent condition with just some minor loses---interior is clean and without odor. Finish is original and smooth and mellow. Flat top would lend itself to a piece of plate glass and make a wonderful coffee or end table. I bet you have just the right place for this piece in your home.