early 18th century
top inlaid with a central crowned medallion surrounded by seaweed marquetry, within lobed stringing, the rectangular outlined Vitruvian scrolled borders divided by conforming panels of marquetry, including birds and further crown motifs, the two short and three long graduated drawers similarily inlaid, the sides each with a rectangular panel filled with further seaweed marquetry headed by a bird, now on inlaid bracket feet
This fine marquetry chest is typical of the work of that often associated with the celebrated cabinet-maker Gerrit Jensen. Favoured by King William and Queen Mary, his patrons also included many of the aristocracy of the time and he is known to have worked at Burghley House, Chatsworth, Arundel Castle, Boughton House and Petworth to name a few. Examples of his work for the King and Queen are illustrated in R.W. Symonds, 'Gerrit Jensen, Cabinet-Maker to the Royal Household', Connoisseur, Vol. 95, January-June 1935, pp. 268-274.
A similar chest with crown inlay to the top and similar arched marquetry panels to the sides from the Wills collection is illustrated in F. Lenygon, Furniture in England from 1660-1760, 1911, p.243, figs. 373-4. A further example of virtually identical form to the current lot was sold Sotheby's London, 7 November 1997, lot 16.
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