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A large Charles I oak overmantel, circa 1627
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A large Charles I oak overmantel, circa 1627
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A large Charles I oak overmantel, circa 1627
the central panel with an inlaid pastoral scene inscribed Labor1627Ora
237cm. high, 178cm. wide; 7ft. 9½in., 5ft. 10¼in.
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Provenance

Sotheby’s, London, The Age of oak and Walnut, 13 September 2006, lot 98

Catalogue Note

The finely inlaid central panel with the motto 'Labor' and 'Ora' or work and pray has an appropriate moral tone for the period in which this lot was created. The scene below these words depicting the sun in splendour and a bountifully laden tree would seem to imply that through work and prayer man, in this case a fox, will benefit from nature's munificence.

This piece has been conceived with a sense of the architectural 'laws' written about by Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) and widely disseminated across Europe through the publication of his four books on architecture (1570).  The influence and re-examination of classical architecture at the time is evidenced in this lot through the use of the classical orders in a specific sequence. In the lower section, the fire surround, there are bold fluted Ionic pilasters. In the upper section, the overmantel, there are fluted Composite pilasters.

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