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Chest of drawers

Chest of drawers

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1660-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Veneered with snakewood, ebony and various fruitwoods

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Brigadier W. E. Clark CMG, DSO through Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Chest of drawers, oak veneered with snakewood and ebony within fruitwood mouldings. In two parts, the upper with projecting member fitting into recess in top of lower part. One narrow and one wide drawer above, two drawers below. Each drawer front is divided vertically into three panels decorated with geometrical mouldings and veneers of ebony and fruitwood, [separated by two narrow darker panels with beaded edges]. Projecting mouldings at top and base. Square feet replacing original bun feet. Modern cast loop handles enriched with cherubs heads.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1660-1680 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Veneered with snakewood, ebony and various fruitwoods


Height: 40 in, Width: 44 in, Depth: 22 in

Object history note

Acquired as a gift through the N.A.C.F. (RP 57/2520). Recieved from Brigadier W.E. Clark (Elmstead House, Chislehurst, Kent). Condition described as 'Some mouldings restored, that of the centre panel of the second drawer from the bottom, incorrectly. Handles modern.'

Object sampling carried out by Jo Darrah, V&A Science; drawer/slide reference 1/35.

Historical context note

Comparable piece with secret drawers in private collection of Charles Bakewell, 4913 Donovan Drive, Alexandria, VA 22304, 703.567.2405 (see departmental catalogue for photo)

For the use of snakewood on mid-17th century British furniture see: Bowett, Adam, 'The Age of Snakewood'. Furniture History, vol. XXXIV (1998), pp. 212-25

Descriptive line

Chest of drawers, English, 1660 - 1680


Snakewood; Ebony; Fruitwood


Joining; Veneering


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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