A stunning walnut centre table from the late 17th century. Made of solid walnut, the rectangular top has canted corners and a simple moulded edge. Turned legs are united by stretchers. It is pegged throughout, as expected for this period. In exceptional original condition, this medium size table has a glowing original surface. It is a fine example of the best of English vernacular furniture from the 2nd half of the 17th century. Circa 1690
Early walnut furniture glows at Christmas time! This William and Mary period bureau bookcase is exquisitely proportioned for any house. It is made in 2 sections. The bookcase, with 3 adjustable shelves, has bevelled glazed doors with decorative arched tops. Below is a classic bureau. The fall front, with mirror veneers and inlaid feather banding, opens to reveal a fitted interior and a faux leather writing surface. A sliding panel opens onto a "well", a slightly hidden storage space. Most of the brassware is probably 1930's vintage, but the fall escutheon and hinges are original. The bun feet are excellent replacements. This period of cabinet making was all about the decorative beauty of the wood itself, and this piece is a fine example.
With the handsome proportions of the William & Mary period, this Box Stool on bun feet is a great furnishing item of small furniture. Of fine dovetailed construction, it has original iron butterfly hinges, escutcheon and working lock. Brass carrying handles on the side are 18th century. A superb side table or log container, a very useful item of late 17th century oak. Circa 1690
An exquisite 17th century oyster veneered and seaweed marquetry chest on bun feet. The chest is in great condition with good patina all over.
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A fine example of 17th century oak, this 3 drawer Oak Dresser has superb proportions, colour and surface. The top is in lovely condition, with a simple moulded edge which is softly worn with age. The drawers are finished with an applied moulding to give them depth, and have good quality replaced swan neck brass handles. The sides are panelled. Well turned front legs gives the dresser great stability, whilst the wavy plank back legs adds style. It is a lovely piece from the oak period of furniture. Circa 1700
A very good pair of 17th century chairs. The oak has aged beautifully, and has contributed to their fine original condition. Pegged throughout, with a warm natural colour, it is wonderful that they have been together for over 300 years. Circa 1690
Late 17th century small Walnut Writing Desk. Exceptional use of rich and decorative burr wood veneers and herringbone crossbanding follows the new style of veneered furniture that was introduced to Britain in the 2nd half of the 17th century. The natural grain and figure of the woods was used to ornament a lighter style of furniture that enhanced the new spacious brick buildings of that period.This rare desk has a fitted interior, with a hidden "well" or storage space (including a hidden drawer), and a leathered writing inset slope. 2 drawers sit above a cupboard. The flush veneered doors enclosing the cupboard retain original brass key plates and hinges (one hinge replaced with an exact casting) The bun feet, prone to wear and rot, were replaced at some time. A wonderful surface allows the glow of the burr walnut to shine. Circa 1690.
A fine William & Mary late 17th century marquetry longcase clock. It has decorative laburnum veneers on oak, with fine line inlays and ebonised trim. Oyster veneers on the door form a background to panels of exquisite flower and bird marquetry, featuring a pair of loving birds. The 11 inch brass dial, with silvered chapter ring, has a seconds dial, date aperture, and 4 winged cherub spandrels.The 8 day London 5 pillar movement, original and in perfect working order, has been cleaned and overhauled. The movement is of superb quality, like the case, but there is no makers name on it. Originally made with a rising hood, the hood has since been converted to frontal horizontal removal. Circa 1690
Antique Oak Refectory Table. A thick two plank top sits on a sturdy base, which has turned legs united by stretchers. The heavy top sits freely on the base, making the table easier to move. This very good 17th century dining table has a superb waxed surface. The marks on the top are an accumulation of centuries of use, and part of its character. The table provides seating for 8 or more. Circa 1680
A 17th Century Walnut, oyster Olivewood and marquetry cabinet on stand. The interior with an arrangement of moulded drawers around a central door revealing further small drawers, the inside of the principal doors with large panels of floral marquetry and decorated brass locks and bolts, the later stand fitted with three drawers, on spiral legs with stretchers.
A late 17th century "joined backstool" with all the spirit of the oak period. Substantial in weight, it glows with a superb colour and surface, the top rail and edges softened by age. The panelled back and shaped rails are simple and beautiful. Small restorations, such as a patch in the seat, built up back leg, and a patch repair in the left upright post where it joins the seat, are simply part of the history of this antique chair. Circa 1690
A good late 17th century Oak Coffer. The simple form of the 6 plank coffer is enlivened by a panelled front. Unusually, the feet have not lost any height, allowing the shaping of the sides to be fully appreciated. A single piece plank top, showing the character of the antique oak, allows the coffer to be used in many different situations. One of the ring hinges has been repaired, otherwise the coffer is in superb original condition with a lovely warm colour. circa 1680
Mid 17th century Oak Wainscot Chair. A beautifully carved frieze and top rail to the back, which is panelled and carved with a flower and leaf motif. The front feet and 2 of the lower rails have been repaired/replaced. The chair, of slightly smaller than usual proportions, has a great surface and colour, shining with the solidity of fine antique English oak. Circa 1660
An exquisite late 17th Century marquetry chest on bracket feet. This chest comprises of 2 small and 3 long spacious drawers, with pretty tear-drop handles, that can be locked as required (key is included). This item is beautifully detailed on 4 sides with well-crafted inlays of birds and flowers. Good condition piece.
Late 17th century Charles ? caned armchair. This style of furniture, lighter and more decorative than the oak regional tradition of that time, was introduced to the British Isles with the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660. This example in walnut is typical of the style. The caned back has a pierced and carved frame flanked by barley twist supports. A cresting rail and the front stretcher are profusely carved, and other rails have barley twist turnings. The caning, not the original, is in perfect condition. Circa 1680
Late 17th century small Oak Coffer. Of panelled and pegged construction, typical of the period, it has a decorative carved frieze at the front. The coffer stands high on its legs (damp rot and damage often leads to them being cut down) The hinges are replaced. A good warm colour and waxed surface makes this a pleasing example of English oak furniture. Circa 1690
Late 17th century Chest of Drawers in cedar wood. This beautifully proportioned chest of 4 drawers has applied mouldings to the drawers, panelled sides and back, and is of pegged construction. The brass handles, though not original, are old and have been on the chest for some time. A warm golden colour and good waxed surface make this early chest particularly attractive. Circa 1690.
A 17th century oak coffer in very good condition. Panelled on all sides, the front top rail is carved with a C-scroll design, and the wide stiles are decorated with a rebated channel mould. The stiles, which make the feet, are high, not diminished by wear/rotting. The iron ring hinges are original. This small 2-panelled oak coffer is a fine example of the period. Circa 1660
Late 17th century Oak Bible Box. The flat top is hinged with iron hinges to a sloping lid. The front is carved with floral motifs and initials. In lovely original condition, this box has the glow of period oak. Circa 1700.
Fine late 17th century longcase clock by one of the best makers of the period, Christopher Gould. The figured walnut case is beautifully proportioned, slim with a long door and small plinth standing on tiny bun feet. It has a square topped hood that is removed upwards, and blind carved fretwork to the cornice. At the sides, barley twist pilasters and glass side panels gives a sense of lightness. The door contains an oval brass edged lenticle glass, and is finished with a half-round moulding.The signed 11 inch brass dial has a silvered chapter ring with Roman hours and Arabic minutes, a silvered seconds ring, and a date aperture. Behind it sits a 5 pillar 8 day movement.Christopher Gould was born about 1660 and admitted to the Clockmakers Company as a Free Brother in 1682. His longcase clocks made in the late 17th and early 18th centuries are among the most decorated and attractive of this period.This clock is in fine condition, with a superb colour and surface to the case, and the movement in excellent working order. Circa 1690
A small late 17th century oak coffer. It is of pegged and panelled construction, with a single piece plank top. The deep top rail is carved with lunettes enhanced with other scribed decoration. A section of one of the front legs has been broken off for some time, so has been left unrestored. The panelled back has bowed outwards with age, restricting the full movement of the top. This small coffer, in excellent original condition, has a warm nutty colour and a good waxed surface. Circa 1690
Late 17th century William and Mary walnut veneered chest of drawers. Attractive figured walnut veneers to the drawer fronts, crossbanding and half round mouldings between the drawers are all typical features of this period, when the modern form of the chest of drawers was conceived. This very good example is a country made piece, the top and sides being made of solid walnut. The oak lined drawers have survived in excellent condition. Feet and handles are good later replacements. The panelled back is original. Circa 1690
Late 17th century Oak Gateleg Table. Such tables were fundamental to the 17th/18th century home, providing a good size dining table that could be minimised with 2 folding leaves. This example is in great condition, fine turnings to the base and an excellent colour and surface throughout. Circa 1690
A small antique 6-plank coffer dating from the late 17th century. Normally found in oak, this is made from elm. This gives it a lightness and warmth that makes it an attractive country wood to live with. The top and front has inscribed bands of decoration. Of nailed construction, the old nails at the front have aged to become a decorative feature. In good condition, the back has a coat of old brown paint, and the old strap hinges are not original. Circa 1700.
Late 18th century oval Oak Gateleg Table. Of medium size, this table would seat 4-5 people very comfortably. It has a single drawer at one end, and well-turned legs united by stretchers. It is in excellent condition with a good waxed surface. Circa 1700.
A late 17th century small Oak Gateleg Table. The base has well turned supports and one drawer. There is a metal strengthening repair to one of the gates. Excellent colour and surface throughout. Circa 1690.
A late 17th century William and Mary Candle Stand in walnut. Designed in pairs to provide even lighting to a matching dressing table or chest, these little tripod tables are exquisite. This one has a carved barley-twist stem and an octagonal top. The top has the moulded edge, decorative banding, and fine geometric inlays that would have matched the dressing table or chest of drawers. The square section feet are oak. This table has a lovely surface, and a range of dark honey/caramel tones, and has survived its great age in excellent condition. Circa 1690.
Pair of late 17th century side chairs in the Oak tradition, of pegged plank construction. The slatted back and lower rail are decorated with scratch carving, softened and worn by years of use. One chair has an old repair to the top of the left upright. Circa 1700.