William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest
William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest
William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest
William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest
William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest

Attributed to GERRIT JENSEN (worked c.1680-1715)

William & Mary Olive Wood Veneered Cabinet on Chest

c. 1695 England

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With a mounded cornice above two drawers enclosing an arrangement of small drawers, above a waist and two short and two long drawers. Supported on later turned bun feet. The doors with shaped kingwood cross-banded cartouches and inlaid overall with geometric patterns of oyster-cut veneers. Together with a finely wrought steel key.
The quality of this cabinet would suggest that it was made by one of the leading cabinet makers of the late 17th Century and, given Jensen's known association with the Cavendish family and his work at Chatsworth, he would appear to be a likely candidate. Renowned for his work in seaweed marquetry, the collections at Chatsworth include a pair of cabinets-on-stands and a table attributed to Jensen. One of the cabinets is illustrated by Dr. Adam Bowett in ‘English Furniture 1660-1714, From Charles II to Queen Anne’ (Woodbridge, 2002), p. 200, fig. 7:9.

Gerrit Jensen (fl.1667-d.1715): Gerrit Jensen was one of the foremost cabinet-makers of his day. He was possibly of Dutch or Flemish origin and settled in London before 1680, by which date he was known as a pre-eminent 'Cabbinet maker and Glasse seller', working in London from premises in St. Martin's Lane. Jensen served the English crown since the reign of Charles II, as the accounts of the Royal Household record a payment to him in 1680, for furniture which King Charles II commissioned as a royal gift for the King of Morocco. In 1689, Jensen was appointed royal cabinetmaker to King William III and Queen Mary – ‘Cabinet maker in Ordinary’ to the Crown; and he retained his royal appointment throughout the reign of Queen Anne, supplying furniture for St. James's Palace, Hampton Court and Kensington Palace. In addition to the Royal family and the Dukes of Devonshire, Jensen also attracted commissions from senior members of the nobility, including the Dukes of Richmond, Hamilton, Montagu and Somerset, collaborating with other leading artists and craftsmen on the decoration of some of the greatest town and country houses in England. Jensen was one of several artist-craftsmen of foreign background employed at the English court, and his work shows a strong Continental influence, reflecting the fashionable French court styles of Pierre Golle, André Charles Boulle and Daniel Marot and earning him the sobriquet ‘the English Boulle’. He was renowned for his use of metal inlays, a technique derived from France, and for his elaborate seaweed marquetry and arabesque scrolls. Jensen was heavily influenced by Pierre Golle of France.
The Dukes of Devonshire, Chatsworth.
Private Collection, London.
‘The Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth - The House’, 2002, p.70, refers to the cabinet being at Compton Place.
Dimensions
Height 161.00 cm (63.39 inches)
Width 118.00 cm (46.46 inches)
Depth 53.50 cm (21.06 inches)
Stock Code
477a
Medium
Olive Wood abd Kingwood.
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