A Charles I cedar or cypress wood boarded chest, circa 1630
A Charles I cedar or cypress wood boarded chest, circa 1630 The front emblazoned with the Royal coat of arms and initials CR (Carolus Rex) for King Charles and flanked by elaborate female caryatids within arcades, the stand depicting griffins and centred with a rose, the design is deeply incised and filled with black mastic, 139cm wide, 60cm deep, 79cm high.
Comparative Literature: A related chest is shown in V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition, ACC 1979 & 2016, Figure 3:357, though with initials IR for King James. Provenance: Chests of this type are typically associated with the South West of England and are thought to have been imported. This particular example was purchased in Somerset and the provenance given as the same local family for many generations (Greenslade Taylor Hunt, 25 July 2002, Lot 332).