A Rare and Remarkable Small James I Oak Chest
The two-panel top, set within a multi-reeded edge and run-moulded frame, opening on the original iron hinges to a plain interior.
The tiny two panel front really shows off the skill of the carver. Each panel has a central square filled with a lozenge and surrounded by scrolling strapwork, further embellished with stamped “star” decoration.
The top rail and central muntin are carved with a guilloche pattern – often associated with Gloucestershire, whilst the stiles have a variation on the guilloche design. Vertical and horizontal “chip” carved decoration is found on the inner edge of the stiles and top of the bottom rail. The chip carving is also repeated horizontally on the frame for the end panels, the back is also panelled with each panel set into a run moulded frame.
Superb colour and surface – Gloucestershire, circa 1600-1620.
Very rare small size – width 27.5 inches, depth 13 inches, height 19 inches.