A mid-17th Century oak and marquetry court cupboard
Lot 606
A mid-17th Century oak and marquetry court cupboard
Sold for £6,600 (US$ 11,093) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak sale Chester
9 Sep 2010 10:00 BST

Auction 18118
Lot Details
The Property of a Lady: Lots 600 - 610
A mid-17th Century oak and marquetry court cupboard
Floral-inlaid throughout, the frieze raised on a pair of boldly-carved and baluster-turned supports with Ionic capitals, flanking a canted cupboard enclosed by a panelled door, the guilloche-carved long drawer below above a pair of arcaded panelled cupboard doors, raised on carved corbel-headed stile supports, 128cm wide x 55cm deep x 137cm high, (50" wide x 21.5" deep x 53.5" high)


  • This press cupboard appears to come from a group identified by Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1979), pp. 470 - 472, as from a workshop in the Leeds area of Yorkshire. He writes, '...a number of chairs, chests and cupboards characterised in almost every case by a rich variety of inlaid floral panels and bands of geometric parquetry ornament...Even though the work is distinctly Elizabethan in its character (with an extensive use of carved turnings, florid inlay and sculptural carving), there is no suggestion that any of it belongs to the sixteenth century. In the absence of any precisely-dated component from this group, it is best to exercise a little caution and suggest a range around the middle of the century, say 1630 - 1680.
    The decoration of these pieces should perhaps be regarded as an archaic survival of an earlier taste, particularly in the case of the inlaid panels. These are decorated with a variety of plants which issue from a variety of flowerpots and mounds.' See also ibid., p. 322, fig. 3:267.
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