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Mahogany and olive wood oyster veneer chest.

£1,850
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£65

Characteristics

In the William and Mary style with elements from 17th century and later, with two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet and with brass bale handles. The oyster cut olive wood has been arranged in a geometric design to provide a decorative finish. Wear consistent with age and use.

This chest of drawers provides a great example of historic “upcycling” – incorporating materials, design and techniques from several centuries. Oyster veneering was developed in the 1660s by English cabinet makers. It uses thin slices of wood cut in cross-section to form circular or oval pieces of veneer which are placed side by side to create various decorative patterns. The resulting shape brings to mind an oyster shell, hence the name. The olive wood veneer in this case is undoubtedly 17th century: the cutting and design of it, although of a beautiful high quality, retains a certain roughness that can only come from its period. As the skills and technology for cutting veneer developed and became more advanced into the 18th and 19th centuries, so did the finish as can be seen with the smoother, more polished quality of subsequent furniture. But the feet suggest a different era altogether. A 17th century piece would most likely sit on turned ball feet, but here we see brackets, a design adopted far later. The item we see today is therefore a mash up of two different periods, the carcass of a later object with a much earlier veneer applied.

Our thanks to Anthony Beech for his assistance in the restoration of this extraordinary item. 

Technical Information

Date: 17th century and later
Height: 81.5 cm
Width: 108 cm
Depth: 49 cm

Sustainability

The average piece of furniture generates approximately 47kg of carbon dioxide equivalents – roughly the same as burning 5.3 gallons of petrol. Buying this item second-hand versus a newly made equivalent recovers the energy used to make it, rather than generating further emissions and using new materials.

£65

Characteristics

In the William and Mary style with elements from 17th century and later, with two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet and with brass bale handles. The oyster cut olive wood has been arranged in a geometric design to provide a decorative finish. Wear consistent with age and use.

This chest of drawers provides a great example of historic “upcycling” – incorporating materials, design and techniques from several centuries. Oyster veneering was developed in the 1660s by English cabinet makers. It uses thin slices of wood cut in cross-section to form circular or oval pieces of veneer which are placed side by side to create various decorative patterns. The resulting shape brings to mind an oyster shell, hence the name. The olive wood veneer in this case is undoubtedly 17th century: the cutting and design of it, although of a beautiful high quality, retains a certain roughness that can only come from its period. As the skills and technology for cutting veneer developed and became more advanced into the 18th and 19th centuries, so did the finish as can be seen with the smoother, more polished quality of subsequent furniture. But the feet suggest a different era altogether. A 17th century piece would most likely sit on turned ball feet, but here we see brackets, a design adopted far later. The item we see today is therefore a mash up of two different periods, the carcass of a later object with a much earlier veneer applied.

Our thanks to Anthony Beech for his assistance in the restoration of this extraordinary item. 

Technical Information

Date: 17th century and later
Height: 81.5 cm
Width: 108 cm
Depth: 49 cm

Sustainability

The average piece of furniture generates approximately 47kg of carbon dioxide equivalents – roughly the same as burning 5.3 gallons of petrol. Buying this item second-hand versus a newly made equivalent recovers the energy used to make it, rather than generating further emissions and using new materials.

£65

Characteristics

In the William and Mary style with elements from 17th century and later, with two short and two long drawers, on bracket feet and with brass bale handles. The oyster cut olive wood has been arranged in a geometric design to provide a decorative finish. Wear consistent with age and use.

This chest of drawers provides a great example of historic “upcycling” – incorporating materials, design and techniques from several centuries. Oyster veneering was developed in the 1660s by English cabinet makers. It uses thin slices of wood cut in cross-section to form circular or oval pieces of veneer which are placed side by side to create various decorative patterns. The resulting shape brings to mind an oyster shell, hence the name. The olive wood veneer in this case is undoubtedly 17th century: the cutting and design of it, although of a beautiful high quality, retains a certain roughness that can only come from its period. As the skills and technology for cutting veneer developed and became more advanced into the 18th and 19th centuries, so did the finish as can be seen with the smoother, more polished quality of subsequent furniture. But the feet suggest a different era altogether. A 17th century piece would most likely sit on turned ball feet, but here we see brackets, a design adopted far later. The item we see today is therefore a mash up of two different periods, the carcass of a later object with a much earlier veneer applied.

Our thanks to Anthony Beech for his assistance in the restoration of this extraordinary item. 

Technical Information

Date: 17th century and later
Height: 81.5 cm
Width: 108 cm
Depth: 49 cm

Sustainability

The average piece of furniture generates approximately 47kg of carbon dioxide equivalents – roughly the same as burning 5.3 gallons of petrol. Buying this item second-hand versus a newly made equivalent recovers the energy used to make it, rather than generating further emissions and using new materials.

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