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This fine early 19th Century example clearly shows design influence from the finest Welsh dressers of the early 18th Century, and warrants being in a collection to show how the dresser evolved whilst building on the best of the past.
It is one of the best 19th Century dressers I have ever had in stock.
Beautiful warm medium colour and excellent patination.
The quality of oak used, and the abundance of design detail, indicate that this was a special one-off commission for a prosperous family.
Nicely shaped plate rack, with a combination of spice cupboards to the side of a central row of spice drawers which is very rarely seen in 19th Century dressers.
Everything has been made with careful attention to detail. Notice for example how the shelf which is level with the top of the spice cupboards is slightly recessed above the spice drawers, and that the sides of the rack and shelves above are of the same shallower depth. This allowed the spice cupboards and spice drawers to have a useful depth, whilst the shelves above are more shallow and therefore elegant rather than heavy.
The column decoration to the front edge of the sides of the plate rack is also unusual and shows additional workmanship done at extra cost.
Plate rack also features lovely wide back-boards.
The two spice cupboards to the rack, and the three cupboard doors to the base below all feature delightful double gothic arched panels with beaded decoration to the edges.
I truly appreciate this Gothic design and how it was incorporated into this exceptional dresser.
The base features three cupboards, with three working drawers above, and smaller central drawer above the centre cupboard.
With working locks and keys. The cupboards to either side are locked by wooden slides from inside the centre cupboard.
Clearly this dresser was made by a master craftsman who was able to interpret the style correctly using beautiful oak from the same tree throughout. Back boards and drawer linings are pine, as traditional in 19th Century furniture.
I believe this dresser was commissioned by a wealthy farmer who could afford all the extras like the spice cupboards and drawers, and was quite probably made as a wedding gift to a son or daughter upon their marriage. In Wales, dressers were traditionally given as marriage gifts.
The design was copied from an original 18th C dresser, from roughly 100 years earlier, but also incorporated the Gothic design in vogue at the time it was made. It could even have been copied from a dresser owned by the grandparents of the same family.
|Height||82.00 inch||(208.28 cm)|
|Width||67.75 inch||(172.08 cm)|
|Depth||19.50 inch||(49.53 cm)|
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