16th century oak linenfold chest
Joined chest with linenfold panels of remarkably small size. This diminutive chest, the smallest of its type recorded, was probably made in early sixteenth-century Bruges were area joiners produced case furniture enriched with linenfold panels in a vast range of specialized forms and sizes. Chests discovered in Bruges with nearly identical carved panels – including a massive example with six front panels – are illustrated in Meubles Flamands Anciens (Bruges Musees Communaux) by Valentin Vermeersch.
Floorboards replaced in the seventeenth-century; lock and hasp modern.
Extensive traces of early red paint.
- Flemish, probably Bruges
- Circa 1530
- Width 29.5" x Height 19" x Depth 16"
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