Exceptional Vernacular Chest on Turned Stand
Exceptional Vernacular Chest on Turned Stand

Exceptional Vernacular Chest on Turned Stand

c. 1700 England

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Geometrically Inlaid, Cross and Feather Banded
With Good Old surface and Patina
Various Cuts of Indigenous Specimen Ash
Brass Drop Handles and Escutcheons Later
An English Private Collection, Surrey.

This example is one of the most appealing vernacular chests we have handled. It comes with direct provenance to a remarkable English Private Collection, which was put together by a passionate and selective collector.

The chest has delightful diminutive proportions, the top being geometrically inlaid and like the drawer fronts both feather and cross banded. The thick hand cut veneers are cut from well selected and interestingly figured ash, ( a most unusual, albeit indigenous timber, for this style of chest). The overhanging top is framed by a well moulded cornice and sits above two short and three long drawers, all separated by a single “D” moulding and set into the frame of the stand and housed in bold “waist” moulding. The sides are also geometrically inlaid with cross and feather banded detailing.

The chest is raised upon its original turned leg stand with a single full length drawer to the frieze. The pole lathe turned legs have a wonderful slightly quirky baluster form and are joined by shaped stretchers on three sides and a single straight stretcher to the back. It also retains its original turned feet.

Provincial in style and origin, the chest is in good genuine condition. The drop handles and escutcheons have been replaced at some time in the past and there are discrete plug marks where later handles were fitted at one time. There are various incidental minor losses and historic estate repairs, but the overall colour and surface are in genuine country house condition, with all the signs of age and character one would hope to find in a framed and joined chest of this period. We are pleased to be offering it in this honest “as found” condition.

The colour is like rich golden honey and the lovely well figured ash graining has been enhanced by over three hundred years of wear and use. A remarkable survivor and one of the most exciting pieces of early, vernacular veneered furniture we know of. A real gem from an old fashioned connoisseur collector.
Height 51.75 inch (131.44 cm)
Width 36.50 inch (92.71 cm)
Depth 23.00 inch (58.42 cm)
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