There’s nothing wooden about the prices of ‘early oak’ furniture!

EARLY OAK FURNITURE in original condition can sell at auction for extremely high prices. The oak cupboard we have pictured, which dates from the early 1500s, made £65,000 in a recent auction.

It is called a livery cupboard and is the early equivalent of a fridge – a cupboard with pierced doors used to store food. Today we discard fridges without a second thought, and they also did that in the 16th Century; furniture like this was utilitarian and not considered precious, so few examples have survived – giving this fabulous piece a rarity value times tens of thousands…

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