A rare mid-18th century oak dresser, Snowdonia, North Wales, circa 1740-60

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Lot 358
A rare mid-18th century oak dresser, Snowdonia, North Wales, circa 1740-60

Sold for £ 3,750 (US$ 4,696) inc. premium

The Oak Interior

3 Jun 2014, 10:00 BST

Oxford

A rare mid-18th century oak dresser, Snowdonia, North Wales, circa 1740-60
The canopy-style boarded rack with spoon-aperture to the frieze, above an open-shelf, flanked by scroll-cut sides, a pair of rectangular fielded panelled cupboard doors below centred by an arched-shaped fielded fixed panel and divided by fluted-columns, the lower-section with three drawers over a pair of rectangular fielded cupboard doors, again centred by an arched-shaped fielded fixed panel, twin-panelled sides, on extended stile supports, 135.5cm wide x 52.5cm deep x 180cm high, (53in wide x 20.5in deep x 70.5in high)

Footnotes

  • Cupboards set into the rack are a particularly rare feature found on a small, select group of dressers from North Wales, mostly dating from the first-half of the 18th century. The rack cupboards normally follow the basic design of the lower-section base doors. The arrangement here, with the addition of fluted columns, is particularly rare.

    Richard Bebb, Welsh Furniture 1250-1950, (2007) illustrates a high dresser, attributed to Llanbedr, North Wales, with a row of cupboards to the rack, and with a similar base arrangement as found here, Vol. II, p. 5. Further comparable examples are illustrated pages 98 and 99.
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