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17th Century Oak Court Cupboard c. 1670

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17th Century Oak Court Cupboard c. 1670

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A very handsome 17th Century oak court cupboard of joined oak and pegged construction, with a lovely rich colour and deep natural patination.
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DIMENSIONS
62.5 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 64.25 inches high. For metric please multiply by 2.5
DATED
c. 1670

 
FULL DESCRIPTION
A very handsome 17th Century oak court cupboard of joined oak and pegged construction, with a lovely rich colour and deep natural patination.

The upper case with two doors and central panel inlaid with scrolling ebony string terminating in original painted pale tulip decoration. Each upper door made from a solid oak panel with iron pintel hinge and well carved with a curvilinear pattern, the frieze with double foliate lunettes with punched decoration and the waist with luxuriant foliate scrolls. The frieze, styles and muntins to both the upper and lower case have lovely matching punched and carved geometric decoration and there are well executed S scroll and foliate scroll carving and rondels to the panels to the lower doors. 

The craftsman who made this cupboard would have known all of these designs well and carved them many times in different combinations, each given an interpretation which made it as unique as a signature.

Backboards original and upper case lifts off lower case for transport.

The front legs have been re-tipped, not unusual and very well done in this instance, only noticeable on close inspection. There are some shrinkage cracks, marks and small chips/ losses from age and use, some boards may be later and there is a replacement oak shelf at the back of the upper cupboard and a later fixed oak shelf in the lower cupboard. Otherwise very original and heavy and robust, in good order throughout and of a practical and desirably small size.