Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon
Lot 222
Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon
Sold for £13,750 (US$ 23,002) inc. premium
Auction Details
The Oak Interior Chester
25 Jul 2013 11:00 BST

Auction 21127
Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500 North Devon Two sections of early 15th century linenfold panelling Two sections of early 15th century linenfold panelling
Lot Details
Two sections of exceptionally rare Henry VII oak linenfold panelling, circa 1500
North Devon
Each with ten linenfold carved panels, projecting leaf-carved top-rail, surmounted by three crocketted finials, the lower, larger panels, each typically cut-short at the base, the upright-rails with single channel-moulded edges, the horizontal rails with a chamfered-edge below each panel, 183cm wide x 156cm high; 180cm wide x 155cm high, (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Reputedly private chapel, Dartmoor.

    Originally these panels would have formed the back of a wall-settle.

    Chinnery enumerates a series of settles from Devon and Somerset, with broadly similar characteristics, and dating to about 1500 - 1550, many discovered during the twentieth century as fixtures in inns and farmhouses. They all share basic proportions and arrangement, with linenfold panels and distinctive horizontal carved crest panels slotted between the finials. They all appear to be unpainted oak.

    One of these sections of linenfold panelling very similar to the lot offered here, retaining its carved friezes between very similar finials, from Kingstone, near Taunton, Somerset, and dated to the early 16th century, is illustrated V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition, p. 420, Fig. 4:18b. H. Cescinsky & E. R. Gribble, Early English Furniture and Woodwork: Volume I (1922), date the same piece of panelling to the late 15th century, on the basis of the style of the linenfold, where the 'panels are moulded, in the form of creased parchment tubes, cut at the top end only...' [see p. 242, Fig. 271 and p. 245]. This run of panelling is in the collection of The Victoria & Albert Museum, 539 to B-1892.

    Another similarly-framed early 16th century run of panelling, also from the South West, is illustrated Cescinsky & Gribble, Early English Furniture, p. 237, Figure 262.

    See also M. Dann, The English Smile: English Furniture and the Renaissance 1490 - 1590 (2005), pp. 69 - 78 for other examples from the South West.
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