• Three Woods: A Passion for Wal auction at Christies

    Sale 7909

    Three Woods: A Passion for Walnut, Oak & Yew The John Parry Collection

    25 March 2010, London, King Street

  • Lot 65

    A GEORGE I OAK CANOPY DRESSER

    WALES, DENBIGHSHIRE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY

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    A GEORGE I OAK CANOPY DRESSER
    WALES, DENBIGHSHIRE, EARLY 18TH CENTURY
    The rectangular moulded cornice and plain frieze with a spoon rack above a shelf and pair of panelled doors flanking a shelf, the base with three yewwood-lined panelled drawers above two panelled doors, stamped twice 'RL', the handles replaced
    72¼ in. (183.5 cm.) high; 52½ in. (133.5 cm.) wide; 21½ in. (54.5 cm.) deep


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    An enclosed high dresser of almost identical conformation but with two drawers and simple fielded panelled doors is illustrated in V. Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition, Woodbridge, 1979, p. 343, fig. 3:334. The turned finials on the canopy are features common to the North Welsh cwpwrdd tridarn and the small side cupboards in the upper part are a feature of Denbighshire dressers. Other, similar dressers with cupboards and sometimes drawers fitted into the plate-rack are often associated with Snowdonia and the Conway Valley area. John Parry's first sale at Christie's on 24 April 1997, included a similar example, also with a spoon-rack, as lot 222 (£38,900). It is illustrated in R. Bebb, Welsh Furniture 1750-1900, Kidwelly, 2007, p. 101, no. 837.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale, Bonham's, Chester, 2006.