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- A rare, small, late-17th century, oak dresser
A rare, small, late-17th century, oak dresser
The plank top in three sections, with a minor repair and a deep moulded edge. The frieze with three drawers with applied mouldings, original locks and escutcheons, replaced knobs and pine linings. The apron with a deep moulding. The front legs with a repair to one break and ball turning and tapered. The back legs straight, one with a splice. Excellent original colour and patina. English, third quarter of the 17th century. 50381073.
The Stanley Waterhouse Collection, 1998. The late Stanley Waterhouse was an avid collector of art and antiques all his life and, from, 1978, he assembled a distinguished collection of vernacular furniture and works of art. He joined the family business of 'Waterhouse Toffees', founded by his father and uncle based in Elland Road, Leeds, where he worked for 40 years. He purchased this piece from Elaine Phillips Antiques at the Northern Antiques Fair, Harrogate 1992..
Figure 10, The Dictionary of English Furniture (Edwards). "Fig 10. Oak Dresser, the motive of the cornice mouldings reversed beneath the drawers; panels fielded and front legs of baluster form. C 1700. (From Mr W. G. Mare)….. Figure 10 is a typical, late-Stuart dresser; the drawer panels are 'fielded', the plinth and cornice are deeply moulded and again the stretchers are omitted. The back legs of all these dressers, in common with other varieties of wall furniture, are merely flat posts, and never exceed two in number."
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