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Early 18th Century Solid Elm Heart Carved Dresser c.1740

A beautiful provincial and rustic dresser
£1,780
Dated
c.1740
Dimensions
66 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 29 inches high.

For metric please multiply by 2.5
Full Description
A really beautiful solid elm George II dresser made in around 1740 with two simple frieze drawers. Both drawers solid with nailed up bottom boards and with original elm linings. The front legs are really beautiful, with a wonderful shape and each is pierced and carved with hearts.

The top is a solid board of elm with a fabulously defined and vibrant grain and with a bullnosed front cover. Lots of use over the years has given the surface a very good rippling shape and lovely patina. The upstand at the back is a later addition but is in elm also. There has been some old worm as is usual with early elm but this is long dead and the dresser is structurally sound. There is a Victorian blacksmith forged plate at the rear of one leg.

Very heavy indeed and a provincially made piece, the top is not centred, it overhangs further on one side than the other and appears intended to do this as the top is original. Perhaps it was made for a particular space or purpose. Handles are in original holes but probably early replacements.

Stains, marks, losses, chips – as with all period furniture, it is to be expected that it has had repairs and restoration during the course of its life.

A beautiful provincial and rustic dresser of a most linear and attractive form, with heart carved legs and very rarely seen in solid elm. Of narrow and small proportions, sturdy and very usable.