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Court cupboard

Category

Furniture

Date

1640 - 1660

Materials

Carved, turned and joined oak, the inlay probably stained sycamore and bog oak, pine repairs, one bulb possibly walnut, iron furniture (some replaced)

Measurements

144 x 140 x 48 cm

Place of origin

Yorkshire

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Collection

Nostell Priory, West Yorkshire

NT 959681

Summary

An oak and inlaid canted court cupboard, Yorkshire, mid-17th century. The upper frieze inlaid with bands of alternating light and dark inlay and raised on a pair of turned and bulbous end columns, with gadrooned covers and leaf-carved cups, flanking a canted cupboard enclosed by a door with floral marquetry inlay within a carved surround, between conforming outer panels. The lower section with inlaid rails and a pair of doors each carved with guilloche-arcade enclosing a flowering plant. With repairs.

Full description

Once thought to have come from the 17th century house at Nostell, surviving bills and receipts suggest that much of the oak furniture at Nostell Priory was in fact purchased by Charles Winn (1795 - 1874), who inherited a house with many rooms unfinished. An interested antiquarian, Winn chose to furnish some of the rooms, such as the Lower Hall, Vestibule and West Passage, with furniture of the 16th and 17th centuries. Payments were made by Winn to E. Terry of Thornes, near Wakefield, for 'sundry pieces of antique oak furniture' in 1834 and to John Swaby, a curiosity dealer of Wardour Street, London, for 'several pieces of old carved wood' in May 1821, some of which were probably used by Winn to reconstruct parts of the interior of Wragby Church. Swaby made frequent buying trips to the Continent, and may well have supplied Winn with pieces like NT 959707, a Continental armoire, and NT 959805, a largely 16th century French cabinet in the manner of du Cerceau. Some pieces, such as NT 959709 (a chair), NT 959708 and NT 959826 (both settles), amongst others, were obviously fabricated in the 19th century, although all such pieces at Nostell do incorporate timber from genuine pieces of early furniture. Much of the oak furniture at Nostell is typically Yorkshire in style.

Provenance

Possibly purchased by Charles Winn (1795 – 1874), thence by descent and transferred from the Treasury in lieu of tax in 2007.

References

Westgarth 2009, M. Westgarth, 'A Biographical Register of Nineteenth Century Antique and Curiosity Dealers', Regional Furniture XXIII (2009), 1 - 205, 17, 35 - 41, 109, 131, 169 - 171, 172 & Plates 21 - 27 Raikes, 2003: S.Raikes. ““A cultivated eye for the antique”: Charles Winn and the enrichment of Nostell Priory in the nineteenth century.” Apollo 157.494 (2003): pp.3-8., 5 - 6, Figure 6

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