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Chest or coffer, mid-17th century, German Baroque, oak with marquetry inlay



Dates
1620 - 1680
Dimensions
180.00cm wide (70.87 inches wide)
65.00cm high (25.59 inches high)
61.00cm deep (24.02 inches deep)
Description / Expertise
This vernacular chest exudes character and charm. The moulded panels and inlay inject gravitas. It has a lovely mellow lustrous patina. It is large providing a copious amount of storage space. Its original function would have been to store textiles and/or clothing.

The top is made from three planks faced with a moulded edge. Later but most likely 18th century ring hinges. The front with four panels with raised sections each with an inlaid six point star in ebonised timber and box wood. The iron escutcheon and the lock replaced probably in the 19th century. On stile feet. Panelled ends. Exceptional original colour and patina. Second quarter of the 17th century.

Condition Report : Stable and solid. Two old ring marks from water ingress from vases on the far left hand side of the top. Minor nibbles and losses throughout commensurate with age. Ring hinges 18th century, lock and escutcheon 19th century which are acceptable replacements for a functional piece of this nature.
Medium
oak
Origin
Germany
Provenance
Private Collection
Price
gbp 6000.00 (Pound Sterling)
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