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DRESSER BASE IN ENGLISH OAK.  This piece of furniture, referred to as a ‘Joined Enclosed Low Dresser‘, was specially made to fit within a given space and measures some 90” in length. It is typically early 18th century in style.  Dresser bases and the familiar high dressers with racks, evolved from the high status court cup-board and sideboard of grander households some one or two centuries earlier. As with most furniture, gradual evolution saw them becoming more and more common in homes lower down the social scale, to such an extent that in some parts of the country, notably Wales, practically every household, from yeoman's house to the humblest cottage, had a dresser of some sort. During the early part of the 20th century, dressers became regarded as second-class citizens in the family of oak furniture. Today, however, they are enjoying a well-deserved revival and many good original examples are sold for anything between £10,000 and £30,000.


This oak dresser base is now featured on our sister site Early Oak Reproductions with size, colour, finish and price options.


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