• Hearts of Oak auction at Christies

    Sale 5982

    Hearts of Oak

    2 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 309

    AN ELIZABETHAN OAK AND INLAID CHEST

    LATE 16TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    AN ELIZABETHAN OAK AND INLAID CHEST
    LATE 16TH CENTURY
    Dated 1586 and initialled 'W,' with lozenge inlay and arcaded frieze, hinged lid and drawer below, on later sleigh feet
    24 in. (61 cm.) high; 44½ in. (113 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (55 cm.) deep


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    A near identical chest was sold in The Clive Sherwood Collection, Sotheby's Olympia, 22 May 2002, Lot 74. Evidence of the same twin interior compartments was apparent, it was dated 1587 and bore the initials 'HW'. Additionally, the lid bore a coat of arms which were identified as Herbert Whitfield of Tenterden, Kent and the date commemorated his marriage. It is highly likely that this chest was made for the same family.

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