A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest

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Lot 128
A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest

Sold for £ 43,750 (US$ 60,374) inc. premium
A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest
The rectangular ogee moulded top with central oval inlaid with a flower filled vase with strapwork bands, with birds, flowers and leaves inlaid to each corner, above two short and two long drawers similarly inlaid, with leafy crossbanding, the sides with arcades of birds, shells, flowers and cornucopias within leaf inlaid wide crossbandings, on a plinth base and later feet, 101cm wide, 57cm deep, 88cm high (39 1/2in wide, 22in deep, 34 1/2in high).

Footnotes

  • According to Herbert Cescinsky in English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, the general spacing of marquetry during the period 1690-1705 into panels probably owed its inception to the copying of the Jacobean carved panels of the period, directly before the accession of William III. He argues that "the work of Holland is decidedly inferior in harmony of colouring, the English sycamore and plane-tree admitting of staining with colours of greater purity, and giving a much better effect, than the beech and hornbeam used for the purpose in Holland".

    A similarly designed marquetry table top is illustrated in A.Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne, p. 61, plate 2:43, showing the variety created by transposing elements of the design, so that no two quadrants of marquetry are identical, as illustrated in the lot here.

    A similar chest from Clevedon Coourt, Somerset is illustrated in R.Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture, Vol II, p.34, fig 16.
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A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest
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A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest
A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest
A William and Mary walnut and sycamore floral marquetry chest
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