An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580

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Lot 302TP
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580

Sold for £ 25,000 (US$ 31,136) inc. premium
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
Having a foliate scroll-carved frieze, raised on angled gryphon supports to each front corner, both rear corners with acorn pendant, the likewise carved middle-tier with central frieze drawer and crenellated lower edge, raised on cup-and-cover front supports, with a variety of reeding and palmate carving, terminating by a squat reel-turning branded with the ownership initials 'A H', nulled-carved base rails, and stop-fluted carved back uprights, 111cm wide x 37cm deep x 111.5cm high, (43 1/2in wide x 14 1/2in deep x 43 1/2in high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    - Brigadier W. E. Clark, C.M.G., D.S.O.
    - Thence Irwin Untermyer Collection.
    - Thence Irwin Untermyer bequest, The Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1973.

    Illustrated:
    Illustrated Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition (2016), p. 388, fig. 4:32. [Photographic credit Sotheby's Parke Bernet].

    Related Literature:
    See R. Edwards, The Dictionary of English Furniture from the Middle Ages to the Late Georgian Period (1986), Vol. II, p. 181, fig. 7, for a comparable three-tier 'buffet', in the collection of Christ Church, Oxford. Although of typical flat-fronted form, it has the same arrangement of unusual Gryphon front supports over more usual cup-and-cover turnings.

    Brigadier William Ellis Clark [b. 1877] donated more than eighty pieces of furniture to the Victoria and Albert Museum, London between 1946 and 1968. His furniture collection, of all periods, was arranged at his home, Elmstead Place, Chislehurst, Kent, according to date and timber, with the oak and walnut pieces in large oak-panelled rooms, and the mahogany pieces restricted to the dining room.

    See Lot 169 in this sale, an oak food cupboard, also formerly in the Irwin Untermyer Collection.
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An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
An exceptional rare and small Elizabeth I joined oak canted three-tier 'buffet' or court cupboard, circa 1580
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