WILLIAM AND MARY  FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS
WILLIAM AND MARY  FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS
WILLIAM AND MARY  FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS
WILLIAM AND MARY  FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS
WILLIAM AND MARY  FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS

WILLIAM AND MARY FLORAL MARQUETRY CHEST OF DRAWERS

c. 1685 to 1690 English

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A superb early marquetry veneered floral marquetry chest of drawers. The piece consists of five drawers, two short and three long and there is fine graduation from top to bottom. There is a half round walnut moulding surrounding each drawer and the original walnut ogee moulding runs around the base. The carcase, as one would expect, is in pine or deal as it was known in the 17th century and all the marquetry panels are set into pine. The dovetail jointed drawer linings are in oak, as in the best London made workshop pieces.

The flowers and foliage on each of the graduated drawers are set within twin pairs of horizontal oval shaped ebony panels and are shown off to great effect by the boxwood strung oyster olivewood surround and the sycamore cross banded border.

The exceptional top consists of an oval central panel with flowers and foliage in marquetry which are offset by the same ebony and boxwood stringing and sycamore crossbanding. As on the best pieces of marquetry furniture, the decoration of each of the floral corner pieces is subtly different and there is a wonderful variety of flowers: tulips, daffodils, peonies and carnations.

This is a beautifully drawn piece of furniture in a remarkably original state given its great age, and it stands very well both in its tight proportions and beautifully configured drawers. The replaced bun feet have been fitted into the original holes and the replica cast brass drop handles have also been put back into their original slots.

The overall quality of the workmanship and the decorative appeal of the contrasting marquetry, olivewood, walnut, ebony, boxwood, and sycamore woods make this a most attractive piece of early William and Mary furniture.

Height: 33 ½ in (85 cm)
Width: 37 in (94 cm)
Depth: 22 ½ in (57 cm)

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