An Early Charles II Oak Cupboard Initialled and Dated 1660
This cupboard would have been given as a wedding present – the triad of initials M over R and I (J), would have been the surname (M), husband’s initial (R) and wife’s (I or J). The date 1660 would have been the year of the wedding, and, interestingly the year Charles II came to the throne.
The boarded top is above a guilloche carved frieze, with two doors opening to a vacant interior.
The top four panels of the doors, with interesting Gloucestershire carving. The outer two panels, with typical symmetrical motifs, centred by a stylised daisy, whilst the inner two panels contain the marriage initials above a circular quatrefoil motif, again centred by daisy flowers. The second panel, which bears the date, is again over a quatrefoil motif, this time a more pear-shaped design.
Below the doors are four fixed panels, whilst the ends are constructed of five vertical panels.
A rare and interesting cupboard, of outstanding rich colour and surface.
Width 55 inches, height 73 inches, depth 19 inches.