Holt Antiques at
Walsingham Mill
The Old Mill
Cokers Hill
Little Walsingham
NR22 6BN

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Holt Antique Furniture Ltd and its related Companies would like to update you on what's happening at our antiques store “Holt Antiques at Walsingham Mill” with the continued threat of Coronavirus (Covid-19) and now a 3rd National Tier 5 Lockdown.

We must act responsibly during this challenging period, to ensure that the safety and wellbeing of both our staff and customers continues.

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13/12/20 - We sell more than just furniture!

We are specialists in antique items from the 15thC through to the 19thC, offering an array of period oak and country furniture, portraiture, delftware, treen, wood carvings, sculpture and early metal ware.

We are trading solely from our website at the current time due to the virus outbreak.

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Horice Uphill of Wilton (1899 -1976) - Rare 16th Century Style Miniature Antique Oak Chest / Coffer on Stand / Trestle Base

  • Reference : 5443
  • Availability : Available Now
  • Dimensions : Width 8 1/2" x Height 5 1/2" x Depth 4 1/2"
  • Price : £1450



Occasionally you come across something special and this certainly is!
A miniature chest or coffer on stand / trestle base, made by renowned English miniature furniture maker, Horace Uphill of Wilton (1899-1976), Wiltshire and bearing his makers stamp too.
Uphill was responsible for making some of the miniature furniture for Queen Mary's Dolls House (the Dolls House was designed and built by Sir Edward Lutyens between 1921 and 1924 and is a perfect miniature replica of an aristocratic home). This and its contents are owned by HM Queen Elizabeth II and form part of The Royal Collection.
This miniature chest was possibly made to commemorate a marriage around 100 years ago. 16thC in manner and constructed from oak, hand carved, the lid carved with four linenfold panels and edged with a repeated pattern of red stripes and gilded roses (influenced by a decorative torse that is found in heraldy, resembling a twisted roll of fabric), the front of the chest compartmentalised into three panels. The outer panels with gilded incised initials "EG" and "OG"in Gothic script, each set within a blue ground with two birds above positioned face to face and with original polychrome too flanking a central panel decorated with roses and an armorial panel depicting The Royal Arms of England. The end boards are each decorated with roses, a Harp, the symbol of Ireland and Rampant Lion, the Royal Banner of the Royal Arms of Scotland (also known as the Lion Rampant of Scotland). Perhaps these symbols represent the original nationalities of "EG" and "OG"?
The plinth base is again edged with a "torse type" design to mirror that on the lid.
The lid opens to reveal an interior with two lined compartments.
Supported overall on a trestle-type base again reminiscent of the 16thC.
Uphill also made miniature furniture for other aristocratic collections including:
1. Miniatures for Titania's Palace (Upton created a cabinet for the Palace, with mosaics in the dining room and Livingstone's chest in the chapel). The palace was designed by Sir Nevile Wilkinson for his young daughter Guendolen, who was 3 when he promised to build it, and 18 at the official opening in 1922. Built by James Hicks & Sons, who were Irish cabinet makers, the palace was hand built between 1907 and 1922. The Palace and its contents were acquired by Lego in 1978 and are now on display at Egeskov Castle, Denmark; and
2. Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire, is home to a William and Mary Parlour made by Horace Uphill. The Parlour is in the ownership of the National Trust.

Condition - Very good as per the images. Wonderful polychrome. This is a lovely box by a renowned and well-known maker to the monarchy.

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We are a member of the following 3 Professional Institutions:

1. LAPADA (London and Provincial Antique Dealers Association) -  LAPADA is the UK’s largest trade association for professional art & antique dealers (representing approximately 500 UK dealer members). All items are backed by our LAPADA guarantee.


2. CINOA - CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations (representing 5000 dealers from 32 associations in 22 countries).


3. The Norfolk & Suffolk Antique Dealers Association.

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