Code 415-11 Beautiful 17th Century Oak Trunk from Tours, France
This beautiful, small French oak trunk from Tours dates to the late 1600’s. The ornamentation is filled with motifs carrying allegorical and symbolic meanings. The front has two religious panels divided by a figure carrying an arrow. The four corners depict two maidens carrying fruit. They stand on pedestals having cherubs at their base. The left hand back corner features an angel holding an item, standing upon a pedestal with a cartouche and shield. The right hand back corner depicts a woman holding a book and also standing upon a pedestal with a cartouche and shield. The sides have scrolling acanthus leaves and a cross within a circle. The top has a variety of beautiful motifs but most noticeably the raised lions’ head masks at the center and all four corners. Linear moldings surround the top and base. The interior is lined with very old red velvet that has since become rose colored.
Please note, some recent wood has been added, notably to the interior over time. This small antique French, European Oak, Trunk will be an asset to whatever it is placed upon.
CONDITION: Very good condition for age of 1600’s. Old restorations, areas of wear to some reliefs, missing areas of some motifs, age separations, rubs and nicks. More recent wood added in areas.
H=13 5/8, W=25 1/2, D=14 3/4