15th century Walnut Gothic chest
Walnut chest of state, with flamboyant Gothic tracery arches, The perfect respect of proportions and the quality of the carving makes for an exceptional chest.
This chest with its six main flamboyant tracery panels with the fleur-de-lys inserted within the quatrefoils and crocketed heads, flanking a superbly executed carved centre panel of a winged angel holding a shield, the shield has a coat of arms scratched into the surface, a vertical line with a five pointed star either side of the line. Further punch decoration of flowers between the wings and body. Above the original silvered lock plate cut out with the finest tracery and floral decoration.
The sides of the chest with the original carrying handles. Original haspe and hinges. Plinth later restored.
A similar example is shown in Jacques Thirion, Le Mobilier du moyen age et de la Renaissance en France, page 38, this example to has a later plinth and shows the same ornamentation with a winged angel. In the Louvre, Paris.
Very rarely indeed do such ornately carved and important works of art such as this chest come to the market.
Origin: Northern France
Date: Circa 1460 - 1480
Width 66 1/4 x Height 29 1/4 x Depth 27 1/2
Stock Number: Marh327