• Circa: 1870
• Period: Victorian
• Provenance: Swansea, South Wales, UK
• Wood: Oak & pine
• 5ft 1¼” wide
• Original potboard base & rack
• Cavetto cornice
• Original steel hooks
• Two plate rack shelves
• Plate beads
• Two plank top
• Original brass drop handles & escutcheons
• Scribe moulded cushion front drawers
• Hand dovetailed pine drawer linings
• Shaped carved fretwork apron
• Elegant carved fretwork spandrels
• Elegant ring turned legs to front
• Simple block legs to rear
• Open potboard
• Peg construction
• Superb original colour & patination
• Excellent proportions
• Free 14 day returns policy
Here is an example of a good quality Victorian Welsh oak joined high potboard dresser base and rack, displaying a good colour, circa 1870, in original condition originating from South Wales, most likely the Swansea area. Designed to reflect the Georgian period, this dresser has been constructed from earlier timbers, which is why the patination / colour is superior to other Victorian dressers in the marketplace of a similar age. The style and colour of this oak dresser was indicative to this area due to its hardy terrain, rich in mineral content. In South Wales, a simple lighter form of open-base potboard was common, compared to the more refined and heavier dressers made in mid and north Wales. The dresser boasts good proportions. The dresser features a cavetto cornice above an open rack, connected by decoratively shaped upright supports. The two graduating shelves, each with plate beads (to stop plates sliding forward) can support all manner of plate sizes on all levels. There is a further plate bead on the top of the dresser base. The base has been built using the traditional peg construction method. It incorporates a two-plank top with three drawers below. The drawers are constructed with pine drawer linings, including pine drawer bottoms, constructed with butt joints. The drawer fronts feature simple but elegant scribe mouldings, with cushion fronts; they also boast their original brass swan neck handles and shaped brass back plates. Further below, is an extremely decorative open fretwork shaped apron. The base stands on three elegant ring turned legs to the front and block legs to the rear, which support an open raised fielded panel potboard.
As the dresser features its original polish, it boasts a superb rich brown colour, which has been created from the years of care and cleaning it has received.
This dresser is a sought after design, which makes it an excellent practical furnishing, piece and it is a stunning example of a dresser from this provenance.
This dresser is an excellent investment and would look superb in a variety of rooms from the kitchen, hall way or the living room. This dresser base would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.
This dresser is in good original condition. The base and rack are original to each other. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges of the base, rack and cornice but nothing significant considering the age of the item. The brass swan neck handles and escutcheons are all original, as are the steel hooks on the shelves. The drawers are pine lined with butt joints. As the dresser boasts the original polish, it has a fantastic deep rich brown colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received. This item is well constructed, is solid in joint and ready to use.
External height = 192cm or 75⅝” or 6ft 3⅝”
External width (cornice) = 155.5cm or 61¼” or 5ft 1¼”
External width (base) = 151.5cm or 59⅝” or 4ft 11⅝”
External depth (base) = 49.5cm or 19½” or 1ft 7½”
Base height = 81cm or 31⅞” or 2ft 7⅞”
Bottom shelf height = 25cm or 9⅞”
Middle shelf height = 42cm or 16½” or 1ft 4½”
Top shelf height = 37.5cm or 14¾” or 1ft 2¾”
Pot board height = 51cm or 20” or 1ft 8”
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Ref. Dresser 49