A Rare James II Oak Court Cupboard
Retaining the original canopy which has a panelled back and well-turned baluster front supports. The centre section has a carved top rail terminating in well-turned pendants, whilst the rail itself is carved with leafy ‘S’ scrolls and bearing the initials and date GM 1688. Two cupboard doors, with decoration made up of complicated mitred mouldings, are set either side of a narrow door opening to a narrow compartment.
The bottom section has two working drawers and a narrow panelled door to the right, which opens to a vacant compartment – perhaps for the storage of maps or plans. Below the drawers are two cupboard doors opening to a shelved interior.
The whole, decorated with run mouldings and being of a very fine colour and patina.
This type of cupboard is normally associated with north Lancashire/Westmorland. In 40 years of dealing in oak, I have only ever seen one other cupboard retaining the original top section, which was back in the 1980s at Sothebys in Chester.
North Lancashire, 1688.
6 feet 5 inches wide, 7 feet 4 inches high, 2 feet deep.