Important Scottish oak chest

Circa 1540 - 1570
Scotland (French made)

W 46 3/4" × H 27" × D 23 3/4"

Stock # Marh2379


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Important carved oak Scottish chest. Possibly from Linlithgow Palace. The three panel front with an applied carved thistle with the outer panels being plain, (these quite possibly once painted) and being flanked by two huge applied Gothic buttresses. Each side with carrying handles. The original plinth now gone and later feet added. This chest is pure French in construction and design and French oak used to make the piece, however the buttresses and thistle are pure Scottish. Mary Queen of Scots was born at Linlithgow Palace and shortly after was moved to France, she returned in 1561 from France with chests full of Jewellery and garments and is known for having French furniture and hangings in her collection of goods. It is quite possible that chests of this design and type were in the collection. In the images following the chest is a section of boarded and carved panelling possibly part of a head board of a bed in Glasgow Museum with similar buttresses and made from French oak by a French hand, this is from Linlithgow Palace and circa 1540 - 1570 in date. The second image is a lock plate from a door connected with Mary Queen of Scots from Glasgow Castle and has the arms of the Beaton family, this circa 1540 - 1570. In the last image is a stone monument on the wall of St Mary's church, Auchindoir, Rhynie, Aberdeenshire, showing the carved buttresses again in the same form as the previous pieces circa 1540 - 1570.

Important Scottish oak carved chest