Franz Windisch-Graetz, Möbel Europas, Romantik-Gotik, Munich, 1982, p. 206, fig. 130, for a similarly carved Flemish linenfold cupboard, dated 1551, in the Museum Steen, Antwerp, Inv. Nr. 31. E7.
In medieval art, there was great appreciation of the folds in drapery of cloths and textiles which dates back to and can be most clearly seen in Flemish panel painting of 15th century, where great emphasis was placed on this. The linenfold style developed from the simple parchemin or parchment fold with a pronounced central ridge which finished at either end with a straightforward ogee arch. True linenfold appears in England in some accounts as `lignum undulatum' literally wavy wood, after 1450. Regional variations appeared in France, Germany and England by the end of the 15th century and it was used on chests, presses, wall-panelling and chimney-pieces.
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