A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest in the manner of Gerrit Jensen
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A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest
in the manner of Gerrit Jensen
Sold for £13,461 (US$ 21,745) inc. premium

Lot Details
A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest in the manner of Gerrit Jensen A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest in the manner of Gerrit Jensen A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest in the manner of Gerrit Jensen
A William and Mary oyster kingwood and seaweed marquetry cabinet on chest
in the manner of Gerrit Jensen
The moulded cornice with a 'cushion' frieze drawer above a pair of doors enclosing an arrangement of ten drawers surrounding a central door, the central recess grained to simulate kingwood and with a removable compartment of open shelves concealing three secret drawers, the lower part with two short and two long graduated drawers, on replaced bun feet, now with George II handles and escutcheons fitted during the mid-18th century, 109cm wide, 51cm deep, 173cm high (42 1/2in wide, 20in deep, 68in high).

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    Purchased by the vendor from Neales, Nottingham, 7-8 May 1992, lot 597, the feet since reinstated to bun feet

    The highly intricate arabesque marquetry on the present lot bears closely comparison with a group of furniture attributed to Gerrit Jensen (d. 1715) 'Cabbinet (sic) maker in Ordinary' to the Crown. These include two cabinets with Holly seaweed marquetry arranged in a series of shaped panels on a walnut reserve, which are in the collection of the Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, where Jensen worked on the furnishings between 1688 and 1698. A kneehole desk attributed to the same maker, in the Royal Collection at Windsor with marquetry of this type is illustrated in Adam Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714, From Charles II to Queen Anne, 2002 and a further related 'Princes wood' cabinet with provenance from Cora, Countess of Stafford, is illustrated in Peter Brown ed. The Noel Terry Collection of Furniture and Clocks at Fairfax House, York, 1987, p. 40, no. 40.

    Examples of similar marquetry work attributed to Jensen which have appeared on the auction market include a cabinet on stand with straight pillar legs, sold Christie's London, 14 November 2013, lot 20 and another with S-scroll legs, sold Sotheby's London 7 July 2009, lot 2.

    Gerrit Jensen, who had close links with Pierre Gole, cabinet maker to Louis XIV, was one of the main exponents of French court style in England during the late 17th century. Jensen was also the only known cabinet-maker working at this period to specialise in the Boulle marquetry technique, combining the mediums of tortoiseshell and metal. It is entirely possible given Jensen's association with Gole, that these skills were introduced to him by the ébéniste and chief pioneers of the art, André Charles Boulle (d. 1732), who gave his name to this style of inlay, (See A. Bowett, English Furniture 1660 -1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne, Woodbridge, 2002, p. 201). Thought to be of Flemish or Dutch extraction, Jensen's Royal patronage spanned from the reign of Charles II to Queen Anne, during which time he supplied furnishing for St James's Palace, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. His work for the nobility also extended beyond the aforementioned Chatsworth commission to the Dukes of Richmond,Hamilton, Montagu and Somerset.
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