An important William and Mary writing cabinet on chest in exceptionally
fine original condition. Made in around 1690 and of exemplary quality.
The carcase is solid oak dressed with thickly cut figured walnut veneers
with bullnosed and crossbanded stiles, rails and dustboards. With
original inlays throughout of intricate seaweed marquetry - including
the side panels to both the upper and lower chests. Bordered with fine
satinwood banding, these scrolled inlays are repeated to the frieze
below the cornice, beneath the cushion drawer, to the plinth, central
bead and around each of the drawers. There are the same elaborate
fanned marquetry inlays at the corner points of the fall and two falcons
flank the central large, exquisitely detailed, seaweed marquetry panel.
There are large foliate panels to the sides of the cabinet also.