This large chest stands on a base highlighted with a moulding enriched by sculpted animal motifs.
The seven blind narrow panels are framed with eight applied columns showing an oblique decor of scales and ridges and topped by crocket pinnacles. Those panels are all adorned with Flamboyant motifs comprising two lancets and a network of fine ornaments and flowers. Above the Flamboyant arch rises a very decorative pinnacle.
The sides are made of two fenestrated panels, identical to those of the facade while larger.
A beautiful original hasp lock has been treated with comparable dexterity, enhancing the decor of the chest.
The whole decor derives from Gothic architecture. The dislike for plain surfaces is characteristic of the period. The decorative motifs spread all over the surface of the piece – plinth, jambs, panels received decors. Thanks to the exceptional decor translating the intricate stonework of Gothic window-tracery into wood, the chest becomes the facade of a cathedral. It is the epitome of Gothic style.
Because of the quality of the fine and tight grain oakwood used here, the sense of proportions and the quality of the sculptures, this chest is a truly exceptional example.