Exceptionally Fine William & Mary Period Chest on Stand
An exceptionally fine William & Mary period chest-on-stand decorated on each show-surface with variously shaped panels of intricately detailed arabesque seaweed marquetry, within leaf-trail and spear-head borders, all on a ground of geometrically arranged princes wood oyster-pieces. The two short and three long drawers have fine wainscot oak linings, original engraved brass escutcheons and replaced drop-handles. The stand has five turned baluster legs united by shaped stretchers which are also decorated with marquetry panels. The bun feet have been replaced.
From a private collection.
The combination of woods, the intensity of the design in the marquetry panels and the quality of the manufacture bears a close resemblance to the work found in a pair of stands at Levens Hall which are believed to be the work of Thomas Pistor. The chest also bears a close resemblance to the Fairfax House cabinet all suggestive of the common source of Pistor.
Thomas Pistor (1694-1711) of The Cabinet, Ludgate Hill, London and Member of the Joiners’ Company (see Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, page 100).
This is a piece of the highest quality and unquestionably London made.
39.50 ins wide 50.75 ins high 24.75 ins deep
100.33 cms wide 128.91 cms high 62.87 cms deep
All measurements are approximate