Walnut, olive, oak, brass
208 cm (H); 183 cm (W); 61 cm (D)
Place of origin
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Treasurer's House, North Yorkshire (Accredited Museum)
A cross banded walnut and olive 'oyster' veneered linen press, English or Dutch, circa 1700. The upper section with a pair of cupboard doors enclosing a fitted interior of shelves & drawers and veneered with geometric 'oyster' stars and roundels, the lower section with three long drawers, raised on bun feet. Historically catalogued as laburnum although a timber rarely used for the technique of laying cross cut veneers to mimic oyster shell. Olive was preferred and used both in British and European cabinet making.
Given by Frank Green (1861-1954) along with house, garden and contents to the National Trust in 1930.
Bowett, Adam - 'Myths of English Furniture History: Laburnum Wood Furniture', Antique Collecting, June 1998