This large clothes-press is typically Dutch, on account of its being grand scale. Another clue to its origin is its construction - the drawers are not dovetailed as they would typically be in a piece of English furniture, rather they are nailed together in the Dutch manner. The carcase is predominantly made of oak, a timber used to great extent in Dutch cabinet making, almost to the exclusion of other secondary woods. Another Dutch trait is the beautiful configuration of the veneers of the doors with their matching figuring creating a mirrored effect.
However the appearance of the clothes-press is dependant on English prototypes - features such as the crossbanding and featherbanding, the arched mouldings on the doors and the cockbeading on the drawers are typically English. The original locks are also English. A related clothes-press with similar double-arched moulded doors but with three long drawers in the base and a long-grain cornice was sold by the Duke of Roxburghe, Christie's, house sale, 17 September 1990, lot 112. Another was sold anonymously, Christie's, Glasgow, 13-15 May 1997, lot 355 and one was with The Antique Home, at The Grosvenor House Antiques Fair, June 1986.
Many pieces sharing these characteristics were made circa 1700, following the accession of William of Orange to the throne of England as William III in 1689. Furniture from this period reflected the cross-fertilisation of ideas of both English and Dutch cabinet-making traditions.
See also lot 141 in this sale.