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Projects

  • Two Cocus Cabinets

    A fascinating restoration project and research into the origins of English veneered cabinetwork.
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  • Marquetry chest on stand circa 1690

    Used period materials in restoration.
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  • William and Mary walnut escritoire circa 1690

    Total restoration and new bun feet.
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  • Cocuswood cabinet on stand circa 1660

    Total restoration and conservation.
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  • William IV rose wood breakfast table

    From Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire.
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  • George II walnut veneered longcase clock circa 1730

    Total restoration and conservation.
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  • Burr elm cabinet on stand from late 17th century

    New stand made to match cabinet.
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  • Late 17th century kingwood bracket clock

    Movement and case totally retored.
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Cocuswood cabinet on stand circa 1660

A very rare cocuswood cabinet came to me needing restoration and conservation. After researching the item, my client found that there is only one other cabinet of its type and that is located in Powys Castle, Wales. That one is illustrated in  "English furniture, 1660-1714" by Adam Bowett. I visited Powys with my client to compare the two cabinets. We believe (also suggested by Adam Bowett) that there is strong reason to believe that the two were by the same maker.

After much searching online for a supplier of cocuswood, we eventually tracked down just two suppliers in the world. The timber is extremely dense, heavy and close grained. It will be used to make new legs for the cocuswood chest on stand and also any moulding and veneer replacements. [click on images to enlarge]

Cocuswood cabinet on stand circa 1660 before restoration
 
Cocuswood cabinet on stand circa 1660 before restoration