English Oak Standing Livery, or Court Cupboard, circa 1620. It is of delightful small proportions, with a canted cupboard section to the top, and an open pot board below. The overall decorative scheme is very pleasing, and on close attention it is designed with a good range of different motifs and devices. To the front, the top frieze which is set within a running frieze of rectangular punched segments, has three pairs of applied brackets with scratch work dog tooth ornamentation. This is repeated to the sides but with a pair of brackets to the leading edge, and a single bracket at the side that abuts the wall. The scratch work is a common feature of West Country decoration. It is repeated throughout the framing of this cupboard. The drawer is in completely original condition. The top is supported by a pair of pillars in the form of Atlantes providing a very striking feature. The cupboard section has canted side panels decorated with carved flowerheads, and the door has a simply carved and ornamented roundel. Overall the unity of the overall design is first rate. This cupboard has a lovely colour and surface quality, and is completely original apart from one small area of spliced in repair to the bottom f the front left stile.
Dimensions: Height 109 centimetres, Width 115 centimetres Depth 35 Centimetres
Price: £7,500 (Stock No 1193)