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17thC Court Cupboard.

July 30, 2016

 

 

 

 Stunning Oak, Court { French word , meaning , "short"}, Cup-board, or  "Standing Livery Cupboard", or, " Press Cupboard",  built in two pieces , the top recessed by four inches, used for food , plates , cups etc supported by two turned columns. This one has wonderful geometric decoration , inlaid with "bog oak" and "holly or poplar" wood. 

The base is two door large cupboard with full interior shelf, with original floor and back boards throughout. The iron "butterfly " hinges are later , replacing , "pin and plate " , which the top two cupboards retain, .

Dating this piece is difficult , but the Geometric design on the doors , leads me to conclude , Charles 11, he was the first King to appoint an Royal Astronomer, John Flansteed, so c1660, and before his reign was the Inter-regnum, with Cromwell and civil war, and before him was James 1st, where Court Cupboards were heavily carved .

Personally ,  i think , this  one has a "country" feel to it, and with modest decoration can fit in any room , roughly 60 inches tall and 54 wide, .

P.O.A.

 

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