A Small Charles I Oak Chest
The three-panelled lid, with unusual oak knuckle hinges, above a flamboyantly carved front. The top rail, with symmetrical lunette carving, filled with a fleshy fern leaf, which is repeated in the two muntins which separate the panels, carved with stylised S-scrolls, which again terminate in the same fleshy fern-like leaf. The stiles, or legs, each have two flattened S-scrolls – all very typical of Gloucestershire.
The red marks to the bottom of the feet are from Cardinal Red floor polish, which was widely used for polishing quarry tile floors – obviously the owner of the chest found it easier to apply the polish with the piece in place!
An exceptionally small, beautiful and original chest, circa 1630.
Width 35 inches, depth 18.5 inches, height 21.5 inches.