Gerrit Jensen (fl. 1667 - 1715) was one of the most influential cabinetmakers of the William & Mary period in England. His career spanned three reigns, and during the 1690s and early 1700s he specialized in arabesque, or "seaweed" marquetry, as in the chest of drawers offered here. Jensen apparently had close ties to Pierre Gole, cabinetmaker to King Louis XIV in France, where this sort of marquetry, both in woods and in tortoiseshell and metal, was also very popular.
Examples of Jensen's work can be found in the Royal Collection at Kensington Palace and Hampton Court, and there are works attributed to him at Chatsworth, Knole, and Petworth House.
Chests of similar form and disposition of marquetry panels are illustrated in: Adam Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714, Antique Collector's Club, 2002, p. 197, and similar seaweed marquetry on a writing table from Kensington Palace is illustrated in Bowett, op. cit., p. 189.
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