Welsh Oak Dresser on Cabriole Legs
England. Circa 1820.
This Welsh dresser in oak with side cabinets, three drawers and cabriole legs has a rich, honey color and its proportions are perfect. The scalloped apron and mahogany cross banding on the doors, serving surface and drawer fronts indicate that this dresser was a high country piece--most likely from a second home in the country.
Oak and Elm Dresser
England. Circa 1820.
This oak and elm dresser from northern England shows an Irish influence in the fretwork corner brackets at the top of each well-turned leg. The juxtaposition of the center and side shelves also create a visual interest that makes this dresser a worthy contender for a place of honor in the home.
Welsh Dresser in Oak
Wales. Circa 1820.
If ever there was a model Welsh dresser, this could be the one. The proportion of the rack to the base is exemplary from a time when these articles of furniture had reached near ubiquity. From the scalloped sides of the rack to the carved darts on the knees, everything about this dresser is well thought out. Even the juxtaposition of the varied drawer sizes is a nice touch where one might normally see three drawers of the same size.
England. Circa 1830.
An attractive oak dresser with three drawers and cabriole legs is transformed by the use of linen backing in the rack, which features a unique central cupboard with a tombstone door above a row of five small spice drawers with brass knobs. Side scallops on the sides of the rack and a deep moulding to the base round out the aesthetic tour de force that is this elegant 19th century dresser.
Painted Chicken Coop Dresser
Ireland. Circa 19th century.
This dresser gets its name from the open storage racks down below. If you wanted fresh chicken (or even rabbit) for dinner, but didn’t wish to take the long walk out to the coop in the evening, you’d bring in an old hen with the morning eggs and keep her in lower section until it was “her time.” Today, the poultry prison can be repurposed to store bowls and small cookware, and a rotisserie chicken can be bought on the way home from work.
Cottage Oak Dresser with Potboard
England. Circa 1850.
This little potboard dresser has all the charm one would expect in a country piece of this sort. The three drawers (with both beading and a string inlay) have deeply scalloped aprons that separate the straight legs leading down to the potboard. These are attractive decorative flourishes that dress up what would normally be a fairly utilitarian piece.