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The earliest surviving pieces of English furniture are usually made from oak and this month we are highlighting some beautiful carved oak pieces.

The oak dresser base illustrated below is a particularly unusual example with its arched centre and can be used in many positions within the home. As well as being used in a traditional kitchen or dining room it would make a superb hallway cupboard with lots of storage for hats, gloves and other impedimenta.

We love the crisply carved coat of arms which probably originates in France. It highlights the mid-late 19th Century interest in the medieval period and its romantic tales of knightly gallantry.

We are not exhibiting at the BADA fair this year but if you are visiting the fair Kensington Church Street is only 10 minutes away. It will be a pleasure to see you all. Alternatively please take a look at our website where we have just posted a buyer's guide to oak dressers.

 

Nineteenth Century Coat of Arms carved in oak

Nineteenth Century Coat of Arms carved in oak

1860

Height: 22.75" (58cm)

Width: 20.5" (52cm)

A 19th Century continental coat of arms crisply  carved from oak; a pair of coats of arms set within an acanthus wreath; the left shield emblazoned with an apple tree entwined with a snake with a winged helm and an apple tree and snake crest; the right shield emblazoned with an arrow with a winged helm and an archer crest.

Probably commissioned to celebrate a marriage.

Bearing on the reverse a label 'Machenschein, Metz, Rue des Trindaires No. 14'

Ref: 2299

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A Georgian oak dresser base.

A Georgian oak dresser base.

1750

Height: 31.5" (80cm)

Depth: 21.25" (54cm)

Width: 73.5" (186.5cm)

A George II oak dresser base; having a central arch with carved keystone which encloses a recessed panelled door flanked by a bank of three graduated drawers, raised on bracket feet.

Ref: 2331

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A 17th century oak coffer.

A 17th century oak coffer.

1670

Height: 26.5" (67.25cm)

Depth: 20" (50.75cm)

Width: 46.5" (118cm)

A 17th Century Jacobean oak coffer; having a 3 panelled lid above a panelled front with a frieze carved with arcading; raised on stile feet.

Ref: 1150

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A 17th Century oak livery cupboard.

A 17th Century oak livery cupboard.

1640

Height: 47" (119.5cm)

Depth: 15" (38cm)

Width: 55" (139.75cm)

A 17th Century oak livery cupboard; the dentil moulded cornice above an enclosed cupboard which has fielded panels centred by carved lozenges; raised on turned columns with a pot shelf below. In excellent untouched condition.

According to the late Victor Chinnery there is no clear definition of exactly what a livery cupboard is or was used for. He takes a livery cupboard to be a two tier sidetable with the upper part enclosed and was used to store food and drink and culinary utensils.

Ref: 2022



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