A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.
A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.
A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.
A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.
A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.

A well patinated Queen Anne period burr yew veneered cabinet on chest.

c. 1710 England

Offered by Reindeer Antiques Ltd

£50,000 - 80,000 gbp
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Veneered in well figured burr yew wood, the cabinet with an unusual cross grain moulded cornice incorporating a secret drawer. The twin doors with kingwood cross bandings and box wood stringing. The fully fitted interior with a central cupboard door and surrounding drawers all retaining their original pear drop handles. The base with three long drawers and again inlaid with geometric box wood lines and retaining their original handles. Standing on bold bracket feet. The cabinet of excellent quality and colour throughout.

The quality of this cabinet is reflected in the choice of its burr yew veneers. Normally such examples would have been veneered in walnut but on rare occasions burr yew or elm would be selected although such timbers were kept for only the finest examples. This combined with the elaborate use of geometric inlay points to this cabinet being a premier example commissioned by a wealthy and important patron.

This cabinet retains a wonderfully mellow colour which contrasts beautifully with the warmth of the interior drawers which has not been exposed to the sunshine. The handles on the cabinet are all original but the feet have been replaced in the mid Eighteenth Century.
A related example commissioned by Edward Dryden during the early 18th Century can be seen at Canons Ashby, Northamptonshire.
This cabinet is a superb example of early Eighteenth Century cabinet-making. The cabinet is unusual because of the meticulous selection of yew wood veneers chosen by the cabinet-maker, it is very rare to see such an even burr figuring especially on a piece as large as this cabinet. The skill of the cabinet-maker is then further illustrated by the complex geometric inlay to the exterior doors and unusual flourishes such as the shaping of the drawer in the cornice as an ogee rather than the common cushion moulding. The cabinet-maker continued his attention to detail through to the interior which has is unusually complex in its arrangement of drawers.

This cabinet also displays one of the most sought after characterictics found on the best English furniture, colour and patination. The mellow exterior contrasts beautifully with the warmth of the veneers on the interior drawers.

Finally despite its age this cabinet has survived with little alteration since its original creation. The feet have been replaced in the mid Eighteenth Century which we have left as part of the piece's history but all the handles are original and many retain their original fire gilding.
We believe this cabinet should be Object of the Year because it displays the finest qualities of early Eighteenth Century cabinet-making coupled with colour and originality.
Dimensions
Height 67.00 inch (170.18 cm)
Width 45.75 inch (116.20 cm)
Depth 19.50 inch (49.53 cm)
Stock Code
1635
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