The antique dresser first appeared in the 17th century in Oak and Pine, located in Wales and northern England. The kitchen Dresser from the Georgian period is usually more rustic, with pegged construction, old clout nails and plate racks for storing pots and pans. Welsh antique dresser bases can be more sought after as they are not only useful with a working surface and lots of storage space but also are highly collectable. The best examples come with the original aged character that has been lovingly waxed over 100s of years or in the original paint finish. The Victorian population preferred the use of the sideboard, so the dresser did not make a revival until the end of the 19th Century.
Here are a few examples of previous styles that we have sold from various periods.
This Georgian Oak antique dresser is full of the character and charm associated with a true country piece dating from around 1790. It has a raised back with plate rack topped with a moulded cornice. Three fixed shelves sit on the beautifully figured rectangular top of the base section. There are four drawers centrally located flanked by a drawer and cupboard on either side.
This is a Victorian Welsh Oak Antique Dresser with an inverted break front moulded cornice above two glazed cupboards and three central plate racks with hooks. The lower section has a beautifully figured top with moulded edge above three drawers with turned handles, two cupboard doors with moulded edges and a central dog kennel centre.
This is a later example of an Edwardian antique dresser, heavily influenced by the Arts & Crafts movement. Its build, quality and timbers used, make this a very attractive and desirable piece. Spanning the front is a shaped apron flanked by cabriole shaped legs.
This Superb Country 18th Century Small Oak Antique Dresser Base dates from circa, 1740. It has a beautifully figured moulded top above two oak lined drawers with exquisite geometric moulded fronts with brass handles with key with one working lock. It is of pegged construction and stands on beautifully turned front legs, made from the finest figured oak. This marvellous antique is of unusual small proportions making it fit ideally anywhere in the room.
This Charming George II Dresser base has a three plank top above three drawers and three cupboard doors with moulded panels and small turned knobs. The sides are panelled and it also benefits from maintaining the original thick oak backboards. This is a really early example of antique furniture construction.
This Victorian period Painted Dresser Base is a very practical size with a real country farmhouse feel complimented by the antiqued paint and wax finish.