A charming small gothic oak chest, Dutch, early 16th century - For Sale
A charming small gothic oak chest, Dutch, early 16th century
Height 21", width 38", depth 19".
The front is of pleasing proportions with a good balance between carved and uncarved space. The style of the gothic tracery panels are alternating in sequence, adding interest to the piece, yet tying in well together by all having the typical gothic arches in the lower section. Gothic chest of this small size are rarer than their larger counterparts, and few have survived.
Condition: Except for some repairs in the lower parts, the chest is in very good condition for its age. The panels are especially well preserved, with the carving being crisp and undamaged. The base and feet are later replacements (which is typical for early chests) and there are some repairs to the lower extremities due to old wood worm damage. The lock is early but not original to this piece, and the lock plate is missing. The top and its hinges are all original and in good condition. The till in the interior retains its original lid. Includes old key.