Perhaps one of the most versatile pieces of furniture, the chest, or coffre, was first used by the Egyptians around 3,000 BC. Typically used for storing household items, such as linens or valuables, low chests often doubled as seating, while taller versions were sometimes used as side tables. Our oak trunk is considerably smaller at 11 inches high and would have been designed to be displayed on top of a table or shelf.
Hand-carved in Normandy, France in the 1700’s, the subtle domed top marginally hangs over the sides. Two hinges on the top extend on the backside, allowing full access to the storage compartment. There is a third hinge on the front of the lid which would have contained the hasp that lifted when unlocked (the hasp section is missing). The rectangular iron key plate is flanked by two small asymmetrical panels with recessed molding, but there are no additional decorative carvings. A fantastic decorative accessory, our small 18th century oak trunk retains a rich and warm waxed patina and can be used to store small belongings.
CONDITION: Good antique condition with slight age separations and old wood worm. Minor rubs and fleabites. No key with a missing hasp. Light buildup to the interior.