From Antiques Gothic on Ruby Lane: “Circa: 1790 Dimensions: 29″ wide x 16″ deep x 58″ high This is a very rare, English Baroque Gothic Court Cupboard. We purchased it in Oxford, England. It is made of Oak and has a rich, Deep Oak Patina. It is in very good condition. This is a very collectible, period piece. The carving is quite detailed and has a distinct ecclesiastic influence. The top of the Court Cupboard has a deeply pronounced, highly carved Canopy Cornice.
The overall form of the Cupboard is rectangular with deeply canted corners. At the center is a profusely carved, Door. The Door depicts the bust of a Knight with an Angel carved above. It is beautifully executed. They are surrounded by intricately carved, Foliate Scroll Work flanked by Dolphins. This Dolphin Motif is repeated in the Fixed Canted Panels which flank the Door.
The Drawer below and the Fixed Panels which flank it are similarly carved. Each is surrounded by delicately depicted, Foliate Scroll Work. The Door has an incredibly intricate, period Skeleton Key and Lock. This suggests that the contents originally stored here must have been quite important. The Lock and Skeleton Key are hand tooled and beautifully made. There is a Drawer below. It scallops along the bottom. Drawing it open reveals that it is a master piece of craftsmanship with both rear and back Dove-Tailed Joints. From underneath you can see that the Drawer is hand chamfered. This is another indication of the very advanced age of the Court Cupboard.
The Canted Panels flanking the Drawer also scallop beautifully along the bottom. The Side Panels are carved with a gorgeous Strap Work Carving in a Scrolling Vine Pattern. Barley Twist Columns flow from under the Cupboard to the Lower Tier. Unusual Finials carved with the Busts of a Woman, flank the bottom of the Drawer. The Under Tier becomes a gorgeous Display Shelf. This would be the perfect place to display a statue. The back of the Under Tier has Twin Sunken Panels with Gothic Diamonds embellishing them.
The Cabinet is supported upon Six Shaped Stile Feet. This is a very rare, English Baroque Gothic Cupboard. It would look fabulous in a Gentleman’s Study. It has detailed carpentry. The incredible metal work executed upon it’s Lock, indicates a fine cabinet maker. If you are a collector of very rare pieces of antique furniture, you will truly appreciate the beauty of this exquisite piece. It will add a refined Baroque Gothic elegance to any room in which it is placed.”