A rare James I oak three-tier buffet, circa 1610-20
Lot 815
A rare James I oak three-tier buffet, circa 1610-20
Sold for £10,625 (US$ 17,858) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare James I oak three-tier buffet, circa 1610-20
Having a carved-arcaded frieze drawer, raised on front parallel-baluster reeded carved supports and inverted-baluster and reel-turned rear supports, the middle-frieze delicately carved with an interlaced arched design against a punched-ground, raised on conforming supports, the base-rails carved with running-guilloche, 122.5cm wide x 47cm deep x 109.5cm high, (48in wide x 18 1/2in deep x 43in high)


  • The baluster-turned rear supports found here, compared to archetypal rectangular-section uprights, are exceptionally rare. A much later example, post 1660, with rear turned-supports sold Christie's, Simon Sainsbury: The creation of an English Arcadia, 18 June 2008, lot 11. A further comparable, but incomplete example, dated to circa 1620, illustrated Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, (1986) Vol. II, p. 182, figure 8; the author notes 'the turned rear supports an exceptional feature'.

    Other notable features of this buffet include the 'contrepartie' treatment of the turned front column supports, although they initially appear identical, the top pair are reeded, whilst the lower pair fluted. Furthermore, the central turning to the top pair has the addition of a ribbon-tied and punched decorated ring.
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