William & Mary Chest of Drawers
Superb William & Mary Marquetry chest of drawers. The front, top and sides retain the original outstanding inlaid floral marquetry.
Many chests of this type have exact repeating designs. To make the design different species of wood would be stacked and the pattern cut together as a pack. The result would be a number of complete versions of the design.
All of the of panels on this chest are unique. Some of the elements, like flower heads, are repeated but used in a different way. This was more labor intensive, for the leaves stems and ebony ground had to be cut separately.
The side panels incorporate a vase into the design. The top central panel is a wonderful display of stylized flowers including tulips, lilies, and some type of narcissus. There are also three birds and a stylized insect.
This chest has first phase case construction details dating it between 1680 and 1690.
Reference: "English Furniture 1660 - 1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne" by Adam Bowett (Plates 7:2 & 7:3 page 197)