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Large 17th Century Cedarwood Chest Lined with Hand Painted Oriental Paper

Would make a wonderful store for the end of a big bed and would perfume your linen with cedar
17th Century
63 inches wide, 18 inches high, 22.25 inches deep.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
A very large and substantial solid cedarwood chest with original iron cladding, hinges, lock, escutcheon and carrying handles. A later solid brass hasp, late 18th century, has been fitted and is held with unusual solid brass circular rivets. The interior of the lid retains much of its original paper lining, beautifully hand painted with Chinese figures and landscapes.

Very solid and still having the beautiful scent of cedar, the chest is a trapezoid shape, wider and longer at the base than at the top, the lid oversailing to mirror the size of the base, this is not an easy construction and was made to ensure water ran off the surface. Inside is all original with a lovely and large original candle box. Cedar is a very hard and durable timber, naturally resistant to moisture, decay and insect damage.

The chest with large exposed and lapped dovetailed joints, beautifully made and slightly graduated as the sides of the chest slope upwards.

This appears to have never had feet of any kind and is tall at 18 inches, the same height as a standard dining chair. Very heavy and usable, strong enough to use as a bench seat.

Would make a wonderful store for the end of a big bed and would perfume your linen with cedar.

A beautiful and rare example in very good original condition with lovely colour and minor wear, marks and small losses consistent with age and use.