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c.17th Press Cupboard


Measuring approximately 54" x 61" x 20 1/2" (width, height, depth) A rare, one piece cupboard with good colour and patination attributed to the Lancashire region, c.1680. (ex Michael Goldstone, Bakewell) The press cupboard, often to be found in country residences and farmsteads from the mid 17th century onwards evolved from the court cupboard or 'short cup-board.' ('court' being the Norman word for 'short') The press cupboard, sometimes also known as a standing livery cupboard, usually being of larger proportion and incorporating enclosed shelving used to store and distribute food and drink ('livery'). The primitive plank top above a lunette carved frieze with inverted acorn finials to either side. The central upper cupboard panel decorated with a guilloche quatrefoil knot of wrythen whorls flanked by cupboard doors retaining iron butterfly hinges and enriched by central flower heads set in run moulded frames. The larger lower cupboard having central door also hung on early iron butterfly hinges and quartered by run moulded frame and wrythen whorls to upper panels. The interior with shelf and large and very useful storage space. All cupboard doors have smoothly functioning locks and there is one key. Interior and backboards all appear to be original.

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