Saturday, May 06, 2017
These dressers came into being somewhere around the 18th century and are available in a variety of forms and varieties of wood.
Whilst the fitchen dressers cmprise a top section that is usually a plat rack and a base section, many dressers bases are also available where the top section is no longer present.
A good example of a complete antique dresser is this (see picture) Large Victorian Oak Housekeepers Dresser
. This is from Arts Crafts Period c 1890. It is a quite spectacular Arts and Crafts period oak housekeepers station with useful array of pigeon holes, selves and cupboards. Relief carved throughout with Celtic motifs and panel work and currently in untouched original condition awaiting finishing instructions. Make a grand feature in any period home and excellent work station in the dining room. Measures 90" wide x 100" high x 20" deep.
A good example of a dresser base is this Original Late 18th Century George III Oak Dresser Base
c1780. This is a useful format of Georgian dresser with coffer top storage and drawers below. Ogee moulded top over bank of top dummy drawers and two flights of working drawers below, all furnished wit brass fret handles and banded in mahogany. Flanking Corinthian reeded columns and standing on ogee moulded bracket feet. Lovely colour and patination. Measures 71" wide x 24" deep x 34" high.
Choosing an antique dresser depends on the intended purpose and appearance. Firstly the style of the room matters. Although mixing and matching usually works, there has to be some kind of harmony in terms of designs to make sure that it does not look out of place. If you plan to use the dressers for display, the open front options with display shelves and minimum drawers are more suitable. Dressers with mirrors can be used in the bedrooms and will give you plenty of surface as well as storage area to keep your personal belongings.
Visit Elisabeth James Antiques to have a look at our collection of antique dressers