A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaqueCirca 1601
Lot 440
A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaqueCirca 1601
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,396) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
18 Oct 2012 11:00 BST

Auction 20169
A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaqueCirca 1601 A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaqueCirca 1601 A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaqueCirca 1601
Lot Details
A fine late Elizabethan carved walnut armorial plaque
Circa 1601
Emblazoned with the arms of CHETWOOD of Chetwood, Bucks., quartering Crew, Sound, Rey, Rayley, Henhull and others, impaling KNIGHTLEY of Fawsley, Northants., quartering Pannard, Skinnard, Colcombe and Harwedon among eighteen others,
33cm wide x 38cm high

Footnotes

  • This plaque was almost certainly carved to commemorate the marriage of Richard Chetwood (or Chetwode) of Chetwood, Buckinghamshire (son of Sir Richard Chetwode and his second wife Margaret Drury), and Anne Knightley, of Fawsley, Northamptonshire (daughter of Sir Valentine Knightley), which took place in June 1601.

    Richard Chetwood died before his father, and so it was his son by Anne - Valentine - who held the manor of Chetwood in the 1630s and 1640s. Valentine died in 1685.

    The Chetwood side of the shield (on viewer's left) shows their descent from Richard Chitwood who held land at Ockley, Staffordshire in the late 14th century. His next three successors married heiresses to the CREW, SOUND, and REY estates respectively, and Ellin Rey brought her RAYLEY and HENHULL inheritance to the marriage. In 1700, John Chetwode of Oakley was created a baronet. His descendent, the 7th baronet, rose to the rank of Field Marshal in 1926 while he became an admiral ten years later.

    The Knightley half of the shield (on viewer's right) is witness to the succession of extensive estates acquired over the centuries by a family traced back to Richard Knightley. He was a successful Staffordshire lawyer who became Lord of the Manor of Fawsley, Northamptonshire in 1416. His grandson, Richard, acquired extensive estates by marriage and Edmund Knightley, a later descendent, enhanced the family wealth by confiscating monastic lands by virtue of his appointment as Commissioner for the Suppression of the Monasteries. After 24 recorded generations the male line of the family died out in 1913.

    Fawsley, the Knightley family's principal residence is a fine Elizabethan hall with 18th and 19th century addition. Now a Country House Hotel, in 1575 in was visited by Elizabeth I.
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