Unknown artist

Chest with leaf and flower motifs

Chest with leaf and flower motifs by Unknown artist

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Generous citizens have gifted many treasures to Auckland Art Gallery over the years. When this ancient chest was first constructed, it was richly painted, but now only traces of red ochre and blue remain in the carved decorative features in its side panels. Although woodworm long ago ate away much of the base, it is still a grand piece of furniture, although we can only imagine what must have been stored in its capacious interior in previous centuries.

Chest with leaf and flower motifs
Production date
15th century
walnut with traces of polychrome
780 x 1880 x 600 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr Norman B Spencer, 1968
Accession no
Copyright Expired
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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