An exceptional late C17th large oyster kingwood coffre forte / strong box of extremely rare, large, proportions. The whole casket with striking oyster veneers throughout and profusely decorated with gilt brass foliate design strapwork. The hinged lid opening with two shallow compartments inside the lid, with the large storage compartment below; the lid hasp concealing the lock revealed by a secret sliding mount to the escutcheon. The fall front opening to reveal two drawers, above each drawer is a slender secret compartment and the central drawer divider and the sides being secret, slide out compartments. The sides retaining their original gilt brass carrying handles. The coffre forte now standing on an C18th rosewood stand with book matched kingwood panels to the front and the sides, with pierced corner brackets raised on deeply chamfered square legs. The gilt brass mounts, as well as their decorative appeal were designed to strengthen and protect the casket on its various journeys.
English circa 1690
Good genuine condition, the two small drawers having C19th mahogany linings.
Dimensions (ins) 24.25 wide x 43 high x 14 deep; Casket height 14 high
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