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Court Cupboard

A work made of oak and iron.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oak and iron.

Date:

c. 1660

Artist:

England

About this artwork

From the medieval period to the seventeenth century, prosperous households used short, tiered cupboards or sideboards of this kind for the display of silver, ceramics, brass, or pewter. The name comes from the French word for court—meaning small—and was likely used to distinguish this kind of object from larger cupboards used to store linens and other household goods.

Most court cupboards used principles of classical architecture—particularly columns—to organize the tiers. This one is more unusual with its additional play of ornament and polygonal base and shelves that break forward with several drawers hidden in the moldings.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Applied Arts of Europe

Title

Court Cupboard

Place

England (Object made in)

Date

1655–1665

Medium

Oak and iron

Dimensions

122 × 123.9 × 45.8 cm (48 × 48 3/4 × 18 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Neville and John Bryan

Reference Number

2018.618

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