A rare early 18th century oak canopy dresser, North Wales Circa 1720-50, Snowdonia
Lot 617
A rare early 18th century oak canopy dresser, North Wales Circa 1720-50, Snowdonia
Sold for £11,250 (US$ 17,657) inc. premium

Auction 19878: The Oak Sale
19 Jan 2012 10:00 GMT

Chester
Lot Details
A rare early 18th century oak canopy dresser, North Wales
Circa 1720-50, Snowdonia
Having a deep boarded rack with wavy-cut frieze above two shelves over three pointed ogee panelled cupboard doors, the central door pinned as a fall enclosing a single shelf, the lower-section with three fielded drawers above a pair of conforming pointed-ogee panelled cupboard doors, twin panelled sides, on extended stile supports, 145cm wide x 56cm deep x 195cm high, (57" wide x 22" deep x 76.5" high)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased from Huntington Antiques, Stow-on-the-Wold, 1989. Described as a Collectors' dresser.

    Literature: Bebb, Welsh Furniture, Vol II., illustrates a comparable dresser p. 99, Pl. 833. The author explains how this rare type of dresser evolved from the earlier cwpwrdd tridarn. The base of the dresser is similar to a tridarn, with the traditional central cupboard section combined into the rack and set within deep sides and shaped over-hanging frieze. Further comparisons can be drawn with the tridarn illustrated Chinnery, Oak Furniture, p. 342, Fig. 3:332, and the canopy dresser illustrated along side, fig.3:333. Over time, with the eventual greater emphasis on display rather than storage the fully shelved rack developed.
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