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In his book 'Oak Furniture: The British Tradition' (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1990), Victor Chinnery illustrates several examples of boarded glass cases (pp. 339-341). Chinnery notes that: 'Cheap and coarsely-made drinking glasses were fairly plentiful even in lower middle class homes in the sixteenth century and seventeenth centuries, but owing to their fragile nature some special system of storing them was a necessity. The answer was a lightly-built case of shelves, known as a glass case, glass perch or glass cupboard, which first made an appearance toward the end of the sixteenth century. These were sometimes provided with doors in the same manner as a food cupboard, but the usual seventeenth century version has open shelves' (pp.336-340). In addition to glasses, such shelves were also used to house a variety of different items.
The majority of glass cupboards appear to follow the same basic design with a twin arched frieze, with or without a central support, over a single-shelf, flanked by pillars. They are considered the forerunner to the delft and dresser rack. An example of a boarded glass case in St. Fagans National History Museum, Wales (illustrated in Victor Chinnery’s Oak Furniture: The British Tradition, p. 340, figure 3:328) is of highly comparable formThe open-shelf apron is also decorated with pairs of upturned tulips and of similar shape. These hanging shelves are dated to around 1620-50 and are provenanced to Chirk Castle, owned by the Myddleton family from the late 16th century until 2004 (currently owned by the National Trust). The maker is unknown. It is likely that both sets of shelves derive from the same workshop.
|Height||64.00 cm||(25.20 inches)|
|Width||67.00 cm||(26.38 inches)|
|Depth||21.00 cm||(8.27 inches)|
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