Learn about Dresser

An essential feature of every well equipped kitchen, the name derives from the board or table on which meat was 'dressed' or food prepared.

Over time, the design of the dresser has changed, even though the nomenclature is unchanged.

Dressers were particularly popular in Wales, northwest and southwest England, each type having strong regional characteristics.

First introduced in the 18th century, the dresser consisted of a base containing shelves, drawers and cupboards, and an open upper section, with stepped shelves known as the 'rack', for storing plates and other crockery.

Some dressers, particularly from Wales and northern England had panelled backs, while others have open backs so the wall behind the back of the upper section of the dresser is visible.

Alternatively the rack was sometimes attached directly to the kitchen wall rather than remain free standing upon the base, which explains why so many of them have since been lost.

The base could take many forms. more...
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An exceptional walnut and fruitwood provincial farmhouse dresser with original brass work, Brest region, French, 18th century. 214 cm high, 135 cm wide, 56 cm deep

An 18th century fruitwood dresser base with two drawers on square chamfered supports with under shelf. 80 cm high, 134 cm long, 43 cm deep

A small fruitwood dresser base of Georgian style, the plain four plank top with clenched ends supported on four tapering oblong section legs, three deep drawers across the front with brass bale handles. 134 cm x 42 cm x 82 cm

A good 19th century French elm and fruitwood dresser base, the long rectangular top above three frieze drawers to one side with brass shaped and pierced back plate swing handles, chamfered rectangular section legs, pegged detail, good patina. 226 cm x 51 c

Fruitwood and elm dresser 18th century rectangular top with three short drawers below, each draw with brass pulls and shaped back plates. Height 76 cm. Length 170 cm. Depth 41 cm

A fruitwood three drawer low dresser, French early 19th century 82 x 202x xx 55 cm

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