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  • Place of origin:

    France (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1560 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, carved

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Cabinet or 'dressoir de salle-a-manger'; French, about 1560. Carved oak.

Place of Origin

France (made)


ca. 1560 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Oak, carved


Height: 90 cm, Width: 114 cm, Depth: 24.5 cm

Object history note

Brought from the neighbourhood of St Lo, Normandy.

RP 63/1668

Descriptive line

Cabinet or 'dressoir de salle-a-manger', France, c. 1560, carved.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ancient and Modern Furniture & Woodwork in the South Kensington Museum, described with an introduction by John Hungerford Pollen, (London, 1874), pp. 271-272.

Sideboard or “Dressoir de salle-a-manger." Carved oak.

French. About 1560. (Brought from the neighbourhood of St. Lo, Normandy.)

H. 7 ft. 9 in., L. 4 ft., W. 1 ft. 9 in.

Bought, 30l.

It consists of three parts, a central cupboard with dresser top. A drawer below; an open lower part supported by carved figure, legs on a square base. The work on this piece is of very similar character to that of Elizabethan furniture of the same period. The doors are panelled with fine mouldings. There is a bold scrolled scutcheon or cartouche in the centre. The three spaces that flank and divide the doors are decorated with large masks and scrollwork around them. The drawer under the cupboard has a bold gadrooned front to it that gives a marked central line. The front of the plinth or base is similarly cut. The supports are two sphinxes, and the back behind them is panelled. The panels are divided by Elizabethan classic pilasters, and filled up by scroll strapwork. On the dresser there is a step or ledge with bold carved horizontal mouldings to it. The panel at the back of this part is carved with a recumbent Diana and scrolled scutcheon work round it; beside this panel are sphinxes that support the cornice.






Furniture; Renaissance (French)


Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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