17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest
17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest 17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest 17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest 17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest
17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest

17th Century English Oyster-Veneered Chest

  • This William and Mary-period chest beautifully illustrates the exceptional art of oyster veneering
  • Skillfully crafted, the chest features bun feet and bronze pulls
  • To find one of these rare chests in such wonderful condition is extremely rare
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Item No. 29-4030
$44,500
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This magnificent and extremely rare laburnum oyster-veneered chest dates to the William and Mary period. Light dances across the piece thanks to the perfectly matched pieces of laburnum wood, and the veneers have aged to exhibit a rich and warm patina. Elevated on bun feet, the chest's exceptional design also incorporates fine bronze pulls. After more than 300 years, the chest remains in remarkably fine condition.

The practice of "oyster" veneering was a painstaking process used on only the finest pieces meant for the wealthiest clientele. Comparatively few period examples of this quality and condition can be found today, making this an exceptional find.

Circa 1690

33” wide x 21 1/2” deep x 30 1/2” high

Though the reign of William and Mary lasted only a few short years, they ushered in a distinctive style of furniture and furniture making that still bears their name. Characterized by dramatic oyster wood veneers and distinctive cross banding, William and Mary furnishings represented a more refined way of living, replacing heavy and often cumbersome pieces of furniture from the previous decades. Furnishings from this period are extremely rare and highly collectible, as is the case with this exceptionally fine chest.
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Period: 17th Century
Origin: England
Type: Commodes/Chests
Width: 33 Inches
Height: 30 1/2 Inches
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