The small piece features on the stand of WR Harvey at the Cotswold Art & Antiques Dealers’ Fair at Blenheim Palace from February 21-24. It is among the examples of fine English furniture, c.1680-1830, that dealer David Harvey specialises in.
He also brings a George II Burr Walnut and feather banded card table.
Harvey says: “This is the third time in the last 60 years that our businesses has had the pleasure of handling this card table but it’s only the second time that we have had the oyster chest in this period.”
Also on the stand is a George III standing mahogany secretaire library centre cabinet.
“Ongoing research clearly demonstrates that the secretaire cabinet is by Gillows and we are hopeful of being able to find who the original owner was from the Gillows archive,” Harvey adds.
He is among a number of furniture dealers exhibiting at the CADA fair.
Alderson Antiques, a first-time exhibitor, offers a range of 18th century furniture including a c.1775 pair of George III library bookcases.
Other dealers include David Pickup, showing fine English furniture and decorative items from 1700-1920, Freshfords Fine Antiques offering 18th and 19th century English furniture and Lesley Blackford bringing country furniture.
Wakelin & Linfield is showing at the fair for the first time and brings antique furniture and effects for town and country.
Dealers at the fair also offer paintings, furniture, architectural heritage, books, Art Deco works of art, clocks, prints, drawings, glass, porcelain, Oriental works of art, silver, tea caddies, carpets, mirrors, pottery, vintage accessories and much more.