Elizabeth I inlaid oak chest

Circa 1585
Possibly London

W 53 1/2" × H 29" × D 23"

Stock # Marh2215

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Elizabeth I inlaid oak, sycamore and beech chest of very high quality. The front arranged with three applied arcades with beech or sycamore panels inlaid with holly and bog oak, these being flanked by applied carved columns with ionic capitals. The lower rail and frieze rails inlaid. Provenance: Abbey House, Malmesbury, in the last image you can see the chest in-situ on the righthand side of room.

Aristocratic inventories of the later sixteenth century frequently mention marquetry and inlaid furniture.