Henry VIII oak carved food cupboard in fragmentary condition. The boarded construction with a joined oak front with cupboard doors having pierced tracery decoration, being flanked by lower open tracery carved panels and the upper panels having two merchants (possibly hat makers) facing each other. Top board, back boards, hinges and handles replaced. Front , sides, and internal shelves original.
Food cupboards of this period are extremely rare and rarely come to the market, both Haddon Hall and the Burrell Collection in Scotland have examples of similar designs in their collection and in a very similar condition to this example. last picture here is from the Burrell Collection.