Carved Table Gate Leg Drop Leaf Rare Antique Curio
Provenance from Winchester College depicting William of Wykeham, the Founder of the college
With the arms and motto of the college and on the other leaf a carving of the 'Trusty Servant'
Late 18th Early 19th Century
Full of character good antique condition with some old restorations
When both leaves open top measures
90cms x 61cms
Winchester College was founded by William of Wykeham (1324-1404), who
rose from unexceptional social origins to become Bishop of Winchester
and Chancellor of England. Wykeham owed his education to one or more
wealthy Hampshire patrons; his abilities as an architect and builder
attracted him to increasingly powerful employers, including, finally,
the King. Wykeham s political and ecclesiastical careers were equally
spectacular. As Lord Chancellor he occupied the highest political office
in the land. ?Everything was done by him,? remarked a contemporary
historian, ?and nothing was done without him?. As Bishop of Winchester,
he occupied the richest seat in the land.
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