A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest
A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest
A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest

A rare William and Mary period japanned cabinet on chest

c. 1690 England

Offered by Godson & Coles

£120,000 gbp
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The cabinet surmounted by an elaborate silver-gilt cresting of scrolled acanthus, foliage and birds bordered by pilasters and finials with all retaining the original silver gilding; the cabinet with two doors elaborately and finely japanned in relief with scenes of temples, birds and foliage in a landscape, mounted with engraved brass lock plates, hinges and corner mounts opening to reveal an arrangement of drawers similarly decorated; the chest with two short and two long drawers similarly decorated with trees, houses, birds and figures with the original drop handles raised on four bun feet

Height: 87 in (221cm)
Width: 41 ¾ in (106cm)
Depth: 21 ¾ in (55cm)

This lavish cabinet is an extraordinary survival. It is particularly rare to find a cabinet of this age in such untouched condition. It retains the original cresting with original silver gilding, the original finely detaild japanning, the original handles and it also still supported by the original bun feet.

When we acquired this cabinet the carved cresting had been painted over in black and gold, probably sometime in the nineteenth century. Photographs show how by carefully removing the later paint – painstakingly done by hand – and revealing the original silver gilding in an extraordinary state of preservation. The japanning is also of the highest quality and is also beautifully preserved and required nothing but a light clean.

Ayton Castle, Berwickshire

Ayton Castle is a Neo-Baronial red sandstone castle, situated near Berwick upon Tweed in the Scottish borders. The original castle was built around a Medieval Peel Tower, which had once been a stronghold of the Home family. This castle was captured by the English in 1497 and after the Treaty of Ayton, the tower was replaced by a classical mansion, which burnt down in 1834.

The estate was subsequently purchased by William Mitchell-Inness from Edinburgh, who in 1851 commissioned leading architect James Gillespie-Graham to build a new castle at Ayton. In 1860, following the death of William Mitchell-Innes, the castle was passed to his eldest son and heir, Alexander. Further additions were then carried out by architects David Bryce and James Maitland. When Alexander died in 1886 the castle was then sold to Henry Liddell, whose descendants still owned it until recently.

The castle is an excellent example of the Scottish Baronial style popularised by Sir Walter Scott, and this private family home has been carefully restored to its original spleandour. In addition the elaborate red sandstone offices and stable block, Ayton also boasts a beehive dovecote dating from 1745 and a magnificent Scottish Baronial West Lodge with red sandstone archway and screen walls.
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