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Press cupboard

Press cupboard

  • Place of origin:

    England (Probably Yorkshire, made)

  • Date:

    1640-1660 (made)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak with inlay of various wood

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Physical description

Press cupboard with carved and inlay decoration, with two large cupboard doors below a recessed, canopied upper section. The frieze which is carved with a chain pattern rests on two plain turned supports. The upper stage contains two small doors inlaid with birds and floral sprays in holly and bog oak on either side of a central, fixed panel decorated in the same style within a carved arch resting on pilasters. The lower frieze carved with a repeating pattern and the outer stiles with leafy ornament. The lower, large, panelled doors are divided into two vertical below one horizontal panels which is carved with a symmetrical pattern of foliage. The doors with turned and carved knob handles.

Place of Origin

England (Probably Yorkshire, made)


1640-1660 (made)

Materials and Techniques

Oak with inlay of various wood

Object history note

Bequeathed by Harold A. Peto of Iford Manor, Bradford-on-Avon, Wilts (an architect and garden designer, whose collection of furniture consisted 'entirely of oak'). H. Clifford Smith, in a minute note (2/8/33) wrote that it came 'from Derbyshire. The interest of this piece consists in the fact that the recessed upper doors are inlaid with floral designs.'

‘Mr. Harold Peto’s Collection’ by ‘M.J.’ in Country Life, April 10th, 1926 (vol. LIX),

Iford Manor, Wiltshire, the property of Mr H.A. Peto – I and II, in Country Life, Aug. 26th 1922, pp.242-8, and Sept. 2nd 1922, pp.272-7

On loan to Exeter, 1970-2000(?)

Historical context note

Comparable pieces:

See for example, Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture, The British Tradition (Woodbridge, 1979), figs. 3:267, 3:271, 4:120. The lack of prominent fluting appears to argue against an early 17th century dating, while the inlay suggests a Yorkshire origin.

Descriptive line

Drawer from a press cupboard, English, 1640-1660

English, 1640-1660, oak, inlay, 69/3876




Furniture and Woodwork Collection

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