Elizabeth I inlaid box

Circa 1600
Possibly London

W 28 1/2" × H 13 3/4" × D 19 1/2"

Stock # Marh2501


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Elizabeth I inlaid and carved oak box, the lower section with a single drawer carved with nulled decoration and applied fluted columns, above this two inlaid panels of floral designs with similar designs to each side. The oak lid open to reveal a lined interior with decoration of the order of the garter printed paper, and on the underside of the lid an inventory label from the early 17th century listing the contents. A similar example in the Met Museum www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/203878 once the property of Erwin Untermyer, and most certainly made by the same hand. And another box by the same hand in the Plimoth Museum, MA

Inventory label reads:

4 grat tabell cloes
4 Letel tabell cloes
2 doufon of cors napking
6 littell napkins