A Wonderful Small Cromwellian Oak Chest
The framed lid having a raised panel, with moulded edge and fine small oak dowels, securing it to the frame (retaining the original strap hinges), above a superbly carved front.
The asymmetrically carved top rail, with scrolls and stylised flower heads, finishes on the right with a mythical serpent’s head above three framed panels, with arabesque-type scrolls and whorls. The bottom rails, stiles and muntins, all with scrolling “vine” and stylised flower heads. Two working drawers to the base.
English, probably West Country, circa 1660.
Width 44 inches, depth 18 inches, height 28 inches.