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Fabulous early Welsh oak coffer

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A relatively small six-plank oak coffer with exceptional color, typically secured with T-nails, the lid hinged with forged snipes.

The coffer has minimal decoration: a simple groove at the top and bottom of the face, created by a moulding plane, a thumbnail moulding around three sides of the lid, and an inverted V sawn into the ends to create the illusion of four feet.

A pair of dadoes in the interior attest to the earlier existence of a till, and two round holes confirm that it once had a lid.

The oak boards of which the piece is made are as gnarly as we’ve ever seen, and the carpenter made no effort to “pretty up” the sides, back, or bottom.

Despite its small size, it is extremely heavy, and its compact proportions serve to emphasize this.

A wonderful object.

Dimensions: Lid: 30” X 14-1/8”; Height: 15-1/2”

Welsh, ca. 1650  

 

 





 


 

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Price: $1,100

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Inventory #25473

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