Picture This XLVII

I was originally going to work this image into an April Fool’s post as ‘the Ronald McDonald cabinet’, but thought better of it.

late_17C_cocus_cabinet-on-stand_01a_Royal_Collection_TrustOne of a pair of cocus cabinets-on-stands, circa 1660-5. (Royal Collection Trust)

The cocus oyster-veneered cabinets are supported on stands with bobbin-turned legs. The silver fittings and mounts bear the cipher ‘HMR’, and are thought to have formed part of the furnishings at Somerset House provided for Queen Henrietta Maria on her return to England in 1662 following the Restoration.

Source: Royal Collection Trust

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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11 Responses to Picture This XLVII

  1. Paul Murphy says:

    Very dramatic. I love it.


  2. Joe M says:

    I wonder if an oyster veneered chest might find it’s way into the upcoming book or possibly in a “volume 2”? oyster veneering has always interested me


  3. Eric R says:

    That thing is hideous.
    (I just took a second look, and yep, it’s still hideous.)


  4. Jim Dillon says:

    If Liberace married Ronald McDonald . . .


  5. Joyce Black says:

    An amazing work of art (and craftsmanship).


  6. Tico Vogt says:

    “thought better of it”? From whence this new discretion?


  7. D.B. Laney says:

    I would think that this would be “just the ticket” for a Queen Consort born of the French Royal family. I mean, it is very “Continental”. And, indeed, this is a very highbrow corner of the virtual realm. That said, I’ve noticed a certain “divilishness” in some of your recent posts. I do, incidentally, own several small chairs that I purchased on a trip to the “home ground” some years ago. I was assured that these were doubtless sat upon by some very important members of the Kerry Fairie Folk. Then, bejeepers, it was off to Knock. Magic abounding!


  8. Jim Pallas says:

    That is an eye opener. Was Palm something that was commonly used? Would it be found in England or have to come from the Med somewhere?


    • Jack Plane says:

      Cocus is the common name for Brya ebenus, a tree native to the Caribbean. It is not related to the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera).

      Cocus was a highly fashionable wood used in the late seventeenth-century and early eighteenth-century.



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