attributed to Jean-Franҫois Malfait, Belgium
One of a pair of oak buffets, Flemish, constructed circa 1855 but incorporating earlier elements, attributed to Jean Francoise Malfait The top has frieze carved with heads, birds, cherries and grapes. Then flowers, four birds, cherries and grapes. Then two revellers and detachable torch surmounted by fruit at the front, and two heads on pedestal with a male and female figure above. The back has four flower panels at top, 10 barleytwist pillars arranged in pairs, below the pillars is a frieze of pine cones and falcon heads, and four acorn finials. Drawer front has falcons eating fruit, putti and winged falcons. Bottom frieze has fruit and foliage and a vacant cartouche. Bottom support has figures reading books. Two back panels have cherub faces. The underside of top has three panels of fruit and foliage.
Part of the Bedingfeld collection. Purchased by the National Trust at the Bonham's sale in 2004 of the Bryan Hall collection.
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attributed to Jean-Franҫois Malfait, Belgium , cabinet maker