A small Charles II oak three-drawer chest, circa 1670
A small Charles II oak three-drawer chest, circa 1670 The frieze with dentil-mouldings and twin elongated bosses in cherrywood flanked by ebony buttons, each drawer with twin-panel fronts and the lower frieze rail carved with discs, each drawer is lined with woodcut prints of King Charles II and Catherine of Braganza holding hands, half-length within an oval, Charles holding a sword, Catherine holding a fan, a rose between them, 73.5cm wide, 44cm deep, 75cm high. COMPARATIVES: The British Museum has an impression of this print in their collection (Museum number 1870,0709.764)The pose is strikingly similar to that of King Charles II and Catherine of Braganza on their wedding day in 1662, depicted in an engraving by Hugo Allard the Elder. (Royal Collection Trust ‚Äì RCIN 602675). See another similar in the V&A (E.1258-1933). This was catalogued in the 1982 Oman-Hamilton catalogue of V&A wallpapers as no.14, and its provenance is given as from a contemporary oak box for which it was used as lining paper. The catalogue entry comments that 'another version of this paper, in the Public Record Office, was found in a chest at Sulgrave Manor'.