16th Sep, 2020 10:00

The Autumn Auction

  Lot 28

An early-mid 18th century oak dresser, North Wales, the rack with a cavetto cornice above an undulating frieze over two shelves with open fretwork sides, the base with a triple board top and moulded edge above an unusual arrangement of a central arched fielded panelled cupboard door, above two short drawers and flanked by a rectangular 'secret' panel drawer on each side, flanked in turn by a further frieze drawer over a double fielded panel door, with unusual 'S' scroll-form arches terminating in carved scrolls, on extended stiles, 170cm wide x 58cm x 196cm high


Note the unusual tightly carved scroll terminals on the panels of the cupboard doors. Equally, the small central cupboard flanked by a 'secret' panel slide on each side is a rare configuration on a dresser, but conversely something that is commonly found on the interiors of 18th century bureaux.

Sold for £1,300

Condition Report

Rack - cornice later, left-hand side faded, lacking 35cm section and 10cm vertical crack at base.

Top with chipped edges and 30cm crack on right-hand side - middle plank right-hand corner repaired, water staining spots.

Front - left-hand door repair bottom right-hand corner, middle right-hand stile with later fillet along left-hand edge, later 'H' hinges of central door. Right-hand drawer with later lower left-hand corner. Right-hand cupboard patched above brass knob.

Handles well matched. Bottom rail with 12cm horizontal crack. Left-hand side faded


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