Rare William and Mary Period Inlaid Chest on Stand
Honey Coloured Oak Geometrically Inlaid with Boxwood and Fruitwood
English c. 1695
42” high x 37” wide x 21” deep
Literature: David Knell, 'English Country Furniture 1500-1900'
A rare example unusually retaining the original turned leg stand and having sensitive geometric boxwood and fruitwood inlaid sides and top as well as the front. The cast brass handles are an genuinely antique but replaced after the originals, but possibly still during the C18th, their style, scale, composition and surface are all excellent. The drawers all retain their original linings and the back boards are also original. There are incidental scars and bruises throughout commensurate with age and function, but largely this piece is considered to be in the finest possible condition for its period and benefits from an exceptional original surface, a rich honey colour and delightful proportions. This chest is a genuinely exceptional example,with excellent integrity and of museum quality for a piece of early vernacular furniture.