A CHARLES II OLIVE OYSTER-VENEERED AND FLORAL MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND
A CHARLES II OLIVE OYSTER-VENEERED AND FLORAL MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND

A CHARLES II OLIVE OYSTER-VENEERED AND FLORAL MARQUETRY CABINET-ON-STAND

c. 1685 English

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An exceptional and well-documented late 17th Century walnut and olive oyster veneered, floral marquetry cabinet on stand. The upper part with a shaped moulded cornice above a pair of doors inlaid with superb floral marquetry of various woods and green stained bone, depicting vases of spring flowers and perching birds surrounded by foliate cartouches, the reverse of each door with similarly inlaid arched panels. The marquetry interior fitted with twelve drawers around a central cupboard enclosing three further small drawers, the sides also decorated with marquetry panels, of vases of flowers. The lower part with a long frieze drawer similarly decorated and standing on spirally turned legs, united by shaped stretchers with two further panels of marquetry, terminating in bun feet.

Width: 48¼” 123 cm
Depth: 21½” 55 cm
Height: 63¾” 162 cm

English, circa 1685

Provenance
Ronald Lee Ltd
Private Collection, London

Illustrated
H. Cescinsky, English Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, London 1909, vol. I, p. 97, fig. 121.

Literature
R.W. Symonds, English Furniture from Charles II to George II, London 1980
Adriana Turpin, 'Thomas Pistor, Father and Son, and Levens Hall', Furniture History, 2000, pp. 43-60
Geoffrey Beard and Christopher Gilbert eds, The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers 1660-1840, 1996, p. 700).

M. Riccardi-Cubitt, The Art of the Cabinet, London, 1992, fig. 54


For this spectacular cabinet on stand to have survived in such an untouched and original condition is remarkable. At the time the cabinet was created there was strong interest in naturalistic ornament on both sides of the channel following the restoration of King Charles II. Thomas Pistor was amongst the few London cabinet-makers supplying furniture decorated with floral marquetry of the very highest quality. The style and handling of this piece has strong affinities with furniture supplied by Pistor to Levens Hall in Cumbria in the late 17th Century, and it is highly likely that this piece came from his workshop.
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