Superb William & Mary Marquetry chest of drawers. The front, top and sides retain the original outstanding inlaid marquetry.
This is a first-phase chest dating circa: 1685
This is of the highest quality work, as good as any in all of my reference books. It also has it’s original cedar drawer sides, cedar was chosen for drawer sides not only because of its ability to repel insects but because the volatile oil (that you smell) lubricated the drawer.
This marquetry chest is most probably made in London. When you think about the number of people in London in 1685 that would be able to afford to have a chest like this (remember it's a class society with 95% of the people having virtually nothing) coupled with the natural reduction of pieces (fire, floods, insect damage,etc.), there are very few of these chest in existence. This is easily the best one we've had the opportunity to offer.
Feet are replaced (as are most all W&M feet are from the stone floor moisture wicking).
Reference: "English Furniture 1660 - 1714 From Charles II to Queen Anne" by Adam Bowett (Plates 7:2 & 7:3 page 197)