A Superb James I Oak Panelled Chest
The top, constructed from two oak boards, with a double-moulded edge on all sides, retaining the original iron strap hinges, the top opens to reveal a vacant interior with the original lidded candle box.
The carved decoration of the front panels is quite exceptional, and of the highest quality. The top rail is decorated with interlocking arches, filled with a “fleshy leaf”, further embellished by tiny stamp decoration.
The stiles and muntins have a guilloche decoration, with small flowerheads in the centre of each circle, the smaller circles with a circular whorl. The three arcaded panels each have a small Tudor rose in the centre, and are edged by a lunette carved moulding. The bottom rail has a double row of nulling – the “S” scrolled corner brackets are original.
Excellent proportions, colour and patina.
English, Gloucestershire, circa 1625.
Length 52 inches, depth 21 inches, height 26.5 inches.