A rare and unusual Elizabeth I large carved oak boarded chest, circa 1570-1600

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A rare and unusual Elizabeth I large carved oak boarded chest, circa 1570-1600

Sold for £ 6,875 (US$ 9,029) inc. premium
A rare and unusual Elizabeth I large carved oak boarded chest, circa 1570-1600
The lid with linear incised edges and exterior iron strap hinges, the front carved and punched-decorated with S-scroll over an arcade of lancet arched cusped tracery, each arch filled with faint acanthus incised carving above floral-filled roundels, the sides descending to flat-ogee headed cut-away supports, 162.5cm wide x 45cm deep x 72cm high, (63 1/2in wide x 17 1/2in deep x 28in high)

Footnotes

  • The decoration to the front of this chest is a rare combination of Gothic inspired tracery mixed with mannerist S-scrolls, roundels and acanthus leaves, which were to become prevalent motifs throughout the 16th century. As such the chest can be viewed as a transitional piece between the Late Gothic and Renaissance styles and represents the move away from ecclesiastical inspired decoration to more secular work.

    Ralph Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, (1986), illustrates a chest carved with an arcade of Perpendicular tracery bordered with roundels, dated circa 1500, Vol. II, p. 8, figure 14.
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A rare and unusual Elizabeth I large carved oak boarded chest, circa 1570-1600
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