George Hepplewhite (1727?—1786) was, along with Thomas Sheraton and Thomas Chippendale, one of Britain’s “Big Three” 18th century furniture makers. Hepplewhite is credited with inventing the short chest of drawers, just like this one, a radical new design in his day. Considered “city furniture,” Hepplewhite was especially popular in Early American states from New England to the Carolinas and this lovely 4-drawer mahogany chest, with inlaid veneers of flame birch, was probably built in Portsmouth ca. 1790. It is characterized by its curvilinear bowed front, its flared legs, its drop panel apron, and its overall impression of lightness and elegance.