London, South Kensington
14 November 2001
AN OAK AND DECORATED CHEST, DORSET, LATE 17TH CENTURY
with a moulded twin plank top and twin panelled sides, the front profusely decorated with geometrical patterns and stained for contrast, the three panels with foliate filled lozenge decoration with dot and triangular detail to the corners, on stile feet with spandrels, one lost -- 43½in. (111cm.) wide, 26in. (66cm.) high, 22in. (56cm.) deep See Illustration
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Victor Chinnery Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, Woodbridge, 1979, page 136 colour plate 8 for a similar example. Gabriel Olive "West Country chests, coffers and boxes", Regional Furniture Vol IV, 1990
The decoration of this chest is typical of a small group of chests from Dorset. Thinly incised lines form the overall geometrical pattern which is then heightened with colour. A constructional feature common to the group is a strengthening brace beneath the bottomboards running the length of the chest.
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