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Provenance : Made for, and acquired from Mathafarn House, Powys. This is the only, known, five, cabriole leg, provenanced, Welsh dresser.
Reference : The Welsh Dresser (Alun Davies, figure 33) for an example of a Montgomeryshire dresser with a similar, ogee-shaped apron. To be illustrated in Dr B. Cotton’s forthcoming book on 18th century, English, provincial furniture.
This exceptional dresser was made for Mathafarn House, where Henry VII was reputed to have stayed at the original house en-route to the Battle of Bosworth. It is a substantial residence that was re-constructed during the first quarter of the 18th century, and this piece was specifically made for the house. The dresser incorporates a cabriole leg, carved with a shell on the knee, which evolved and became highly fashionable during the first half of the 18th century. It is uncommon on Welsh furniture and only, known, to survive on dressers of a later, date ending in ball and claw feet. It is, however, recorded on a chest-on-stand from the Vale of Glamorgan. In conclusion, this is a rare feature to be incorporated within a Welsh, dresser, probably relating to the stature of Mathafarn House and the re-construction work that was concurrently taking place, and accounts for the importance of this piece.
|Height||214.00 cm||(84.25 inches)|
|Width||230.00 cm||(90.55 inches)|
|Depth||51.00 cm||(20.08 inches)|
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