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James I Joined Elm Four Panel Guilloche Carved Coffer c. 1610

James I Joined Elm Four Panel Guilloche Carved Coffer c. 1610

James I Joined Elm Four Panel Guilloche Carved Coffer c. 1610

SHORT DESCRIPTION
A huge complete and original four panel carved elm coffer with original slab ends and extended boarded feet. The top a single wide elm board, thickly cut and with a gnarled surface with fantastic patination. The bottom board a single plank of elm too, original also.
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DIMENSIONS
Height: 29" Width: 56" Depth: 21" Internal depth: 21" For metric please multiply by 2.5.
DATED
c. 1610
PRICE
£1,280

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FULL DESCRIPTION
A huge complete and original four panel carved elm coffer with original slab ends and extended boarded feet. The top a single wide elm board, thickly cut and with a gnarled surface with fantastic patination. The bottom board a single plank of elm too, original also.

All timbers original, the lid with no later supports and retaining original split pin iron hinges.

The back with four hand tooled elm panels and original pegs throughout. Traces of the original paint to the sides (almost all early oak furniture was originally brightly decorated and painted).

The front panels boldly and skillfully carved. The top rail, stiles and muntins deeply carved with running gillouche set with pinwheels, each fielded panel with flowing geometric carving, the bottom rail carved with flowing scrolls.

Original elm candle box, tenoned into the carcase and in excellent order also.

A slight loss of height to the back legs from years of standing on damp floors - entirely usual and the coffer does not lean back. Some old drip marks to the left side panel, some evidence of old worm, treated and long since dead - and only a sparse smattering of holes.
Lid rises smoothly and closes properly with a slight warp as shown in our photos. Hasp lost but lock and iron hook are original.

When this coffer was made it would have been a very expensive and high status piece of furniture. Joined and pegged oak coffers were, at that time, called "chests" (they pre-dated chests of drawers but performed much the same function). This chest is particularly grand and it is rare to find a coffer of this age made entirely in Elm and so confidently carved.

This coffer would have been kept on display in the grandest room of the house and, unlike boarded coffers which were made by less skilled carpenters, joined coffers such as this were made by highly skilled craftsmen and are as individual as the maker.

Very untouched condition, dry and with the fabulous colour that aged elm develops, untouched dry interior also, the lid to the candle box with thumbnail detail borders.


Dimensions are:

Height: 29"
Width: 56"
Depth: 21"
Internal depth: 21"

For metric please multiply by 2.5