English Renaissance Oak Chest, circa 1545.

English Renaissance Oak Chest, circa 1545.

English Renaissance Oak Chest, circa 1545.

England 1545
Highly Important Mid Sixteenth Century Oak Chest, English, circa 1545.

Edward Prince of Wales 1537-1547. Edward VI 1547-1553.

Henry VIII period chest with twin plank moulded and cleated top above a joined frame with complex detail framework mouldings - created from the solid rather than applied. The twin plain panels formed by raised chamfer work flanking the central panel featuring a stylised portrait of Edward Prince of Wales.

The central panel has multiple complex moulding crafted from the solid, incorporating the central lozenge with raised profile depicting Edward as Prince of Wales.

Edward as heir to the throne was depicted as the Prince of Wales with the symbol of the feather in his cap - the carved portrait represents Edward as a more mature youth as in later period portraits, helping to give a later date atribution prior to his coronation in 1547.

Dimensions: 49.5" wide x 22" deep x 25.'5" high.
Medium All quartered Oak of both riven and sawn timbers.


Date ascribed to circa 1545 - just prior to Edward's ascession to the throne


See 'Essentially English', Beedham Antiques Ltd,1998.

The Chest can only have been constructed for a very sophisticated patron, showing their allegiance to the crown and support for the future King.

That it has survived in a remarkably unmolested condition is testament to it's standing as an important piece of early English furniture that has always been highly valued. It is an extremely rare survival of a high style piece of furniture that survived one of England's most turbulent periods of religious upheaval and civil unrest instigated during the reigns of Henry VIII and his son Edward VI, continuing during the subsequent reigns of Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, James I and through to the Commonwealth and Restoration periods and beyond.


Featured in Beedham Antiques Ltd Catalogue 'Essentially English'. Celebrating the Renaissance in Tudor, Elizabethan & Jacobean England, part of the BADA 90th Anniversary - 90 years of Excellence Exhibitions, 1998.

It is a rare survival of a high quality mid sixteenth Century piece of English furniture with the highly unusual feature of the portrait panel of a member of the Tudor Royal family.

The constructional detail and complexity of the Chest is of an exceptionally high standard, found only on the very finest pieces of sixteenth Century English cabinet work. A style of construction reserved for the most sophisticated items of secular and domestic furniture, the Chest would have been made by the finest craftsmen of the period in what was the highest and most fashionable English renaissance style.


Formerly in the private collections of Mary Bellis Antiques (Messrs Wilson & Gill). Stuart and Sandy Moss, Nyetimber Manor, West Sussex
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