An impressive mid-17th century oak and marquetry-inlaid court cupboard, Leeds, Yorkshire, dated 1637
Lot 40
An impressive mid-17th century oak and marquetry-inlaid court cupboard, Leeds, Yorkshire, dated 1637
Sold for £6,250 (US$ 10,117) inc. premium

Lot Details
An impressive mid-17th century oak and marquetry-inlaid court cupboard, Leeds, Yorkshire, dated 1637
An impressive mid-17th century oak and marquetry-inlaid court cupboard, Leeds, Yorkshire, dated 1637
The carved frieze raised on Ionic capital bulbous-gadrooned and floral-carved end-columns, enclosing four recessed panelled cupboard doors, each door having a floral marquetry-inlaid panel within a gadrooned-carved frame, all within chequer-line inlaid rails, with four marquetry-inlaid drawers below, over two further cupboard doors, flanked by matching fixed panels, each lower panel inlaid with a single flower within a carved stiff-leaf filled arch, again within a gadrooned and punched-decorated frame, all within rails carved with various designs and motifs, including the top-rail carved with leaf S-scrolls and dated to each end 16 and 37 respectively, the uprights finely carved with stiff-leaves, the base-rail carved with meandering vine, restorations, 214cm wide x 62cm deep x 151cm high, (84in wide x 24in deep x 59in high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased Huntington Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, 1993.

    This cupboard represents the taste for Elizabethan Revival furniture which occurred in Yorkshire, particularly the Leeds area, during the middle of the 17th century. The furniture is characterized by the use of inlaid floral panels and/or bands of geometric parquetry inlay, together with the use of turnings and formal carving.

    Literature: Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition, (1993), pp. 470-472, illustrates several examples of inlaid Yorkshire furniture where The quality of the joinery is noted as 'extremely well made and carefully finished'. Leeds is suggested as the area of manufacturer, due to its relative wealth and the surviving examples 'located in houses and churches a little south-west of Leeds itself, in the Dewsbury/Batley/Halifax area'. The cupboards illustrated in figs. 4:120 and 4:121 both predominantly exhibit floral marquetry inlay, although one demonstrates the use of geometric parquetry inlay as found here.

    Compare with lot 14 in this collection.
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