Charles II Oak, Snakewood, Yew & Ebony Coffer
Charles II Oak, Snakewood, Yewwood and Ebony Mule Chest A particularly sophisticated mid 17th.Century Oak Mule Chest or Coffer with Drawer, the hinged plank top above a frieze with appliques, yewwood mouldings, ebony panels and three geometrically applied panels above three Snakewood veneered cushion moulded panels having stylised ebonised quatrefoil guilloche centres seperated by stiles with further applied mouldings and ebony panels above a pea and bean moulding, the conforming base drawer above a moulded edge and the whole raised on stiles. This piece has panelled ends and is in two sections. Note: Larger pieces at this time were often made in two or more parts for ease of transportation and moving within a home. Often referred to as Country Furniture, pieces of this nature were not made by estate joiners but would have been made in the major towns and cities. The degree of complexity and the use of rare timbers like yewwood and exotic woods like snakewood would have made this an expensive "showpiece" when it was first made and strongly suggests it would been made for an important household.