Jan & John Maggs

Antiques and Art

James I oak bible box

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A lavishly carved oak box with botanic motifs on its face and carved lozenges on its sides.

The ends of the face and the back are treated with chip carving, a simple technique that has helped to keep these long boards from splitting, while adding a decorative detail.

At the bottom of the front and sides is a simple applied moulding.

The lid is made up of a wide oak board with narrower boards at the front and the back, required to cover the unusual depth of this box.

The lid has been reinforced by the later addition of two cleats inside the box.

Wrought iron strap hinges secure the lid to the box, and an iron lock plate and hasp were installed at the center.

A very striking example of this classic form.

Width: 22”; Depth: 19 ¼”; Height: 10 ¼”

English, 1610 – 1620

Inventory #25840

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