A Charles II oak, snakewood, fruitwood and laburnum chest of drawers late 17th century
Probably acquired by Sir William Courtenay, 2nd Bt. (1675 - 1735) and thence by descent.
The design of the present lot is inspired by 17th century cabinet-work produced in the Netherlands. Its elaborate mouldings combined with the use of exotic woods suggest that this piece would have been a highly regarded article of furniture, commissioned by a wealthy patron. Further related examples also featuring exotic timbers are illustrated in Percy MacQuoid, The Age of Oak, London, rev. ed. 1958, p. 99, pl. 212 and Adam Bowett, English Furniture 1660-1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne, 2002, p. 50, pl. 2:29. Bowett notes in the accompanying caption, that 'this type of heavily moulded chest embellished with exotic materials represented the ultimate fashionable development of the joiner-made chest of drawers'.