Late 18th Century Oak Dresser and Rack

REF: 6622

Late 18th Century Oak Dresser and Rack

REF: 6622

Late 18th Century Oak Dresser and Rack, the base with fielded panel doors and five drawers, the Delft Rack top backboards with later early 20th century boards.

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  • Height 200.66 cm / 79 14"
  • Width 185.42 cm / 73 14"
  • Depth 45.72 cm / 18 14"

Category

  • Period 1750-1799
  • Year c. 1760 - c. 1770
  • Country England
  • Provenance A Welsh Dresser sometimes known as a kitchen dresser or pewter cupboard, is a piece of wooden furniture consisting of drawers and cupboards in the lower part, with shelves and perhaps a sideboard on top. Traditionally, it is a utilitarian piece of furniture used to store and display crockery, silverware and pewter-ware, but is also used to display general ornaments.
  • Exhibitions Oak wood has a great density, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quarter sawn. Oak planking was common on high status Viking long ships in the 9th and 10th centuries. The wood was hewn from green logs, by axe and wedge, to produce radial planks, similar to quarter-sawn timber. Wide, quarter-sawn boards of oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London and in the construction of fine furniture. Oak wood, from Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, was used in Europe for the construction of ships, especially naval men of war, until the 19th century, and was the principal timber used in the construction of European timber-framed buildings.