A rare medieval oak chest, German, from the late 14th century, with early characteristic board-and-stile construction, slight convergence to the top, framework grids to the sides, arched top, and clover-leaf carving to the top.  


Width 60", height 26", depth 28.


Condition: Originally with three loop hinges, now with two old strap hinges.   Lacking lock and original lock plate; now with an old escutcheon.  A few small "hour-glass" repairs to adjoining pieces of wood.


Comparable examples can be found on the following links:


  • An article on German medieval chests from Kloster Isenhagen Isenhagen in central Germany shows some very helpful information: 


  • http://thomasguild.blogspot.com/2012/12/medieval-chests-from-kloster-isenhagen.html


The chest I’m offering has some characteristics of two types of German chest shown in the drawings copied on my web site.  The converging sides and slightly rounded lid are characteristics of the “Celler” type, which “are not found after 1400” according to the author.  Another type of German chest, the “Luneburger”, has a flat lid, but the drawing shows it with framework to the sides and clover-leaf carving, as in our chest.


  • Another medieval, English chest with similar framework to the sides, sold at Sotheby’s in 2001 for 25,800 GBP (you can zoom in on the photo):


  • http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2001/the-peter-gwynn-collection-l01712/lot.1.html


  • Another article on German medieval chests from Isenhagen, Hosseringen, and Suderburg:


  • http://thomasguild.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html


  • A short write up of some English medieval chests are described at these two links, some with framework to the sides dating from the 13th century:


  • http://www.greydragon.org/library/chests.html
  • http://www.greydragon.org/furniture/chests.html

A rare medieval chest, German, circa 1380 (P05)