A rare Charles II oak canopied court cupboard, Westmorland, dated 1676
Lot 84
A rare Charles II oak canopied court cupboard, Westmorland, dated 1676
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 14,712) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Charles II oak canopied court cupboard, Westmorland, dated 1676
The frieze carved with fan-filled and punched-decorated lunettes, raised on ring-turned tapering front supports, the middle-section having a lozenge strap-work carved pendant-hung frieze enclosing a pair of panelled cupboard doors, each door panel carved with an unusual stylized oak tree, the central panel flat-carved with a scrolling flowering plant against a punched-decorated ground, flanked to either side by guilloche-carved uprights, carved to the base with the initials AC and the date 1676 respectively, the lower-section with a pair of triple panelled cupboard doors, the single upper door panel carved with stylized-leaf S-scrolls over a pair of lozenge-carved panels, 124.5cm wide x 52.5cm deep x 186cm high, (49in wide x 20 1/2in deep x 73in high)

Footnotes

  • Literature: An example of a canopied court or press cupboard, attributed to Westmorland and dated 1689 illustrated Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition, (1993), page 324, figure 3:274. The author notes that similar cupboards may be dated perhaps thirty years earlier and refers to an example illustrated in Joseph Aronson Encyclopaedia of Furniture, (1966), figure 548, dated to 1659.

    It is fairly rare for a Westmorland court cupboard to be made with, and further retain, a canopy superstructure. Furthermore, the decoration on this piece is unusual. Traditionally the decorative detail is confined to the upper panels and frame, whilst on this example the decoration, including the inevitable initials and date, is to be found on all front surfaces. Certain motifs, such as the flat floral-carving to the central middle panel and the lozenge decoration to the lower doors are distinctive Westmorland designs, however, certain components of the carving design are notably unusual, namely the fine oak trees which decorate the central cupboard doors.
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