An important, walnut- veneered chest of drawers inlaid with the inscription ’16 God Give Iames Stiles Grace 95′September 18, 2019 2:37 pm
The quarter-veneered straight-grain top, with a large oval and two small circles in herringbone inlay. Faced with a border inlaid with the inscription ’16 God give Iames Stiles grace 95′ along the front and the back. The inscription in walnut on a fruitwood veneer at the back, and in fruitwood on a walnut veneer at the front. This border edged with herringbone inlay on both sides.
The frieze with two short drawers above three long drawers veneered in burr-walnut, and faced with herringbone inlay. The frame faced with a single bead moulding. The brasses, escutcheons (one re-pinned) and locks original. The drawers lined in oak, with repairs to shrinkage and re-run. The sides veneered in straight-grain walnut, with a deep crossbanded border along the sides. The bottom faced with a moulded edge. The bun feet replaced. The top repolished, minor repairs to veneers. Excellent colour and patina. English, last quarter of the 17th century. 70501211.
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