Charles I oak carved chest


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Description:  A Charles I oak carved chest with a lower drawer and three plain arcades containing inlaid bone and Mother of Pearl.  The effect was emphatically architectural in England during the 1640s in the series of chests consisting of elaborate inlay of bone and Mother of Pearl.  See Victor Chinnery’s, Oak Furniture the British Tradition.

Circa 1640-1650, England.

Provenance:  Unknown.

History:  Mother of Pearl, also known as nacre, has beautiful iridescent properties that have been sought after since the days of Mesopotamia.  During the Mesopotamian times, it was recognized as a way to honor royalty.  Mother of Pearl was used in the Shang and Qing dynasties as well.  In ancient cultures, it symbolized prosperity and good luck.

Dimensions:  29-1/2″H x 49″L x 23-1/4″W.

Condition:  Overall, good with age-appropriate wear.  There are a few areas where there is a loss of Mother of Pearl inlay.

Repairs/Replacements:  The original snipe hinges have been replaced with strap hinges in the past.  The interior top hardware is absent.

Stock #:   NEOWA-53.

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