Late 17th Century Oak Cupboard

REF: 1623

Late 17th Century Oak Cupboard

REF: 1623

A very good late 17th century oak cupboard. The heavily fielded and panel doors enclosing the interior with fourteen drawers.

  • Height 134.62 cm / 53 14"
  • Width 134.62 cm / 53 14"
  • Depth 68.58 cm / 27 14"
  • Period 1650-1699
  • Year c. 1680
  • Country England
  • Provenance Oak wood has a great density, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quarter sawn. Oak planking was common on high status Viking long ships in the 9th and 10th centuries. The wood was hewn from green logs, by axe and wedge, to produce radial planks, similar to quarter-sawn timber. Wide, quarter-sawn boards of oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London and in the construction of fine furniture. Oak wood, from Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, was used in Europe for the construction of ships, especially naval men of war until the 19th century. It was the principal timber used in the construction of European timber-framed buildings.