London, South Kensington
8 March 2000
An oak cupboard, English, early 16th century
With panelled sides and a later central panelled door flanked by moulded panels and berried foliate uprights, with a ribbon-twist waist moulding, above pierced Gothic friezes with rosettes and quatrefoil detail, on scale-carved baluster columnar legs joined by an undertier, with wavy frieze and block feet, restorations and replacements
56½in. (144cm.) wide, 46in. (117cm.) high, 24in. (62cm.) deep
By repute Sir Henry Linger (d. 1662), Freenes Court, Sutton Frene, Herefordshire. It is probable that the buffet then passed from Sir Henry Linger, hero of the siege of Goodrich Castle in 1644, to his descendant Sir Ralph Linger (d. 1905), created Baron Lingen in 1885 on his retirement as head of the Treasury under Gladstone's government.
In the late 19th century, the cupboard was "bought from a carpenter in a country town" by Mr Seymour Lucas, R.A. who supplied the drawing of the buffet which appeared in Frederick Litchfield's "Illustrated History of Furniture", 1892, (p.44). The buffet is also illustrated in F. Roe's "Ancient Coffers and Cupboards", London, 1902. (p.104) and Percy Macquoid's "A History of English Furniture, The Age of Oak", London, 1938, illustrated as the frontispiece where the ownership is attributed to E. A. Barry J.P.
The buffet was bought by the present owner from Sotheby's, London, 27th November 1970, lot 140, The Property of the Late Sir Edward Barry of Ockwells Manor, Berkshire
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Dictionary of English Furniture, Macquoid and Edwards, 1924, vol. 1 pg. 106
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