A rare Charles II carved oak two-door mural cupboard, named and dated, Cheshire/Derbyshire
Lot 147
A rare Charles II carved oak two-door mural cupboard, named and dated, Cheshire/Derbyshire
£4,000 - 6,000
US$ 6,500 - 9,700

Lot Details
A rare Charles II carved oak two-door mural cupboard, named and dated, Cheshire/Derbyshire
A rare Charles II carved oak two-door mural cupboard, named and dated, Cheshire/Derbyshire
One boarded door carved across the centre LEONARD, the opposing door carved LOWE 1671, within scalloped reserves, with channel-moulded front rails, enclosing a single shelf, 73cm wide x 25.5cm deep x 48cm high, (28 1/2in wide x 10in deep x 18 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • A pair of Charles II oak panel-back open armchairs, both named and dated in an extremely similar manner, were sold these rooms, 22nd January 2014 [£21,250]. Each chair was carved with the name of Francis Heathcot 1678, over the name of his wife, Ellen Heathcot. Marriage registers show that Francis Heathcot[e] married Heallen [Ellen] Lowe on 15th May 1678 at St James Church in Taxal, Cheshire. Her father's name was John Lowe. A possible family link with Leonard Lowe could be conjectured, as undoubtedly this cupboard originated from the same area, if not the same workshop.

    No Leonard Lowe connected to the date 1671 has yet been found. However, parish registers reveal that a Leonard Lowe married Christian Bramall on 22nd May 1670 in Great Budworth, Cheshire, and that there were, in fact, several Leonard Lowe's in Taxal in the 17th century. Thus, a Leonard Lowe was buried there on 4th March 1637, another man of the same name on 23rd September 1661, and a Leonard Lowe was born there to Richard Lowe in 1701. A number of Leonard Lowes also lived in Macclesfield and Chapel-en-le-Frith.

    Literature: V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (1993), p. 63, illustrates a small selection of furniture carved with the owner's Christian name and surname. The author notes that items of furniture carved with a full-name (and often a date) are mostly attributed to the North Country. An oak backstool, with a rare box-seat, carved 'Dorothy / Garrard / 1685' to the back-rails and panel, illustrated Fig. 2:21, uses lettering which shows distinct similarities to that found here, with the words also contained within a scallop-edged surround, as was also found on the Heathcot chairs described above.

    The magnificent court cupboard in the Clive Sherwood Collection, which was carved with the names Nicholas Smith, and Margaret Smith, and the date 1670, also shared this feature. Notably, the lettering is the same - with bifurcated terminals and horizontal knops to all of the uprights - as used on this cupboard carved for Leonard Lowe.
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