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A CAERNARVONSHIRE OAK AND INLAID BREAKFRONT DRESSER
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A CAERNARVONSHIRE OAK AND INLAID BREAKFRONT DRESSER

MID 19TH CENTURY

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A CAERNARVONSHIRE OAK AND INLAID BREAKFRONT DRESSER
Mid 19th century
Crossbanded in rosewood, the boarded platerack with three shelves and a pierced fret-carved frieze flanked by quatrefoils, above three frieze drawers and a further three central drawers flanked by quarter-column ring turnings and between a pair of octagonal panel doors with re-entrant fan motifs, on bracket feet
66in. (168cm.) wide, 85in. (216cm.) high, 18½in. (47cm.) deep
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Provenance
Penmaenmawr, Caernarvonshire.
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Dressers of this design were made in Caernarvonshire and in particular on the island of Anglesey, North West Wales, during the late 18th and 19th centuries. They form a regional group which is characterised by the combination of oak, mahogany and other woods, in this instance bird's eye maple, rosewood, walnut and sycamore; the whole of the breakfront section is walnut, as are the octagonal panels on the doors. Dressers of this type typically include a breakfront to the base, as here, although flat-fronted ones were also made. The shelves typically have pine backboards which were often painted, as here; the typically pine sides are grained to simulate oak.
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