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A ‘Coffer (or Coffor) Bach’ is a Welsh term meaning a small chest or trunk, used to describe a small coffer with a lift-up top revealing open storage space, with a single drawer – although occasionally with two drawers – below. Made only in Wales, a ‘Coffer Bach’ is traditionally associated with marriages, a dowry or love chest which was held in high esteem and handed down through the female line. Often given to the bride at her wedding, the ‘Coffer Bach’ would have been used to store her most personal and prized possessions, such as sewing implements, etc. Richard Bebb explains that: ‘The elaborate paneling and use of solid oak throughout was an expensive statement and the pieces were made to be admired, continuing to form – with the clothing and bedding they contained – a part of the woman’s dowry. Besides their storage function, they fulfilled aesthetic and social purposes and often became heirlooms, and this favoured their traditional appearance.’ (Richard Webb, ‘Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design: Volume Two 1700-1950’ (Saer Books, 2007), p.74).
In ‘Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design: Volume Two 1700-1950’ (Saer Books, 2007), Richard Webb ‘ illustrates similarly designed coffer bachs – see figures 771 – 776, pp.74-75.
|Height||53.50 cm||(21.06 inches)|
|Width||61.00 cm||(24.02 inches)|
|Depth||31.75 cm||(12.50 inches)|
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