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An unusual Dutch floral marquetry chest, circa 1680.

The chest has a moulded hinged lid; the front with tulip cartouches above a drawer.

It is on a walnut stand, the ring-turned legs with laburnum or yew cartouche headers and brass castors, 103cm by 95cm.

It is attributed to Gerrit Jensen (1667-1715) and possibly remodelled by Mayhew & Ince, circa 1767.

The 1688 Burghley Inventory records: ‘1 Inlaid wallnutt tree box table and stands with Leather covers.’

Gerrit Jensen was cabinet maker to the Royal Household from the reign of Charles II (1660-1685) to that of Queen Anne (1702-1714).

The Burghley accounts show that between 1682 and 1704 `Jerret Jensen’ was paid a total of £534, although itemised accounts have not been traced.

Mayhew and Ince’s bill of 1767 quotes: ‘Thoroughly repairing and perfecting an inlaid chest and new lining ditto with green perssia stuff’d and quilted. A new wallnuttree frame to ditto 5-18-0’.


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