The rectangular, lifting top fitted with five moulded panels. The hinges original revealing an interior fitted with a candlebox, and the lock removed. The frieze rail carved with deep, gadrooning, and with an 18th century, brass escutcheon. The front inset with four, moulded panels. The frieze on the sides, unusually, carved with a continuation of the deep, gadrooning and two panels. Standing on stile feet with channeled edges. Excellent original colour and patina. English, third quarter of the 17th century. 11101592
Although not a rare model, this chest is a fine example of its type. The design is simple and pleasing. The condition is excellent, largely owing to its provenance. The colour is quite wonderful with mellow tones, and it has a dry, untouched surface which would develop a lustrous patina very quickly with a little waxing.
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