Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys
Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys

Elizabethan oak panels with turkeys

c. 1580 England

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Pair of large 16th-century English oak panels from a coffer. The first shows a man in a roundel wearing a ruff, beneath him a turkey, probably meant for William Strickland, a Yorkshire man, who was said to have acquired 6 turkeys by trading with Native Americans while on a voyage to America in 1526. He brought them into Bristol where he sold them in the market for tuppence each. He continued to trade in turkeys with such success that he was able to build himself a stately home near Bridlington in East Yorkshire; the local village church at Boynton is decorated throughout with turkeys, carved in stone on the walls, in wood on the pulpit and stained glass in the windows. He became a member of Parliament in the reign of Elizabeth I. The drawing of his coat-of-arms, held at the College of Arms in London, is thought to be the first depiction of the turkey in Europe. He died in 1598.

The second panel shows a seated figure holding a turkey on his knees, perhaps to pluck it.

Bottom right hand corner of second panel reattached. Some minor old worm damage.
Dimensions
Height 45.00 cm (17.72 inches)
Width 28.00 cm (11.02 inches)
Depth 2.00 cm (0.79 inches)
Stock Code
5831
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