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The frieze with two short drawers above three long drawers veneered in burr-walnut, and faced with herringbone inlay. The frame faced with a single bead moulding. The brasses, escutcheons (one re-pinned) and locks original. The drawers lined in oak, with repairs to shrinkage and re-run. The sides veneered in straight-grain walnut, with a deep crossbanded border along the sides. The bottom faced with a moulded edge. The bun feet replaced. The top repolished, minor repairs to veneers. Excellent colour and patina. English, last quarter of the 17th century. 70501211.
It is extremely rare to find pieces of furniture bearing personal inscriptions, and a lovely feature to have the repeat with the timbers reversed on the back so that it can be more clearly seen. The inscription gives a strong sense of the man it was made for. A James Styles matriculated on 2nd April, 1696 at Oriel College, Oxford. Until 1752 the year changed on 25th March so that a piece of furniture acquired two weeks before James Styles went up to Oxford would have been purchased in 1695. The Alumni Oxonienses (1500-1715) contains an entry for James Styles who is described as son of George Styles of Norton, Gloucestershire, cleric. It is highly probable that the father, a clergyman, purchased this piece for his son, who was also to become a clergyman, when he went up to Oxford in the first week of 1696. The father was probably the George, son of William Style (s) who matriculated at Magdalen Hall Oxford in 15th July 1664, BA 1668 and was Vicar of Elmstone Hardwick, Gloucestershire in 1695. His successor was appointed in 1733. The Alumni Oxonienses is a bit hesitant about the subsequent career of James Styles after he obtained his BA in 1699. He is described as perhaps Vicar of Taynton Oxfordshire 1712-50, Vicar of Dallington 1719-21, Vicar of Shilton, Oxfordshire 1721-50 and of Great Barrington, Gloucestershire 1742-50.
|Height||91.00 cm||(35.83 inches)|
|Width||105.00 cm||(41.34 inches)|
|Depth||59.00 cm||(23.23 inches)|
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