A Charles II Oak Serving Dresser
The boarded top, with a deep and generous moulding, sits over three drawers, oak-lined and “side hung”. The fronts, decorated with intricate mitred mouldings, set in geometric and symmetrical designs. The muntins between each drawer are embellished with vertical applied split mouldings.
Around the waist is a further deep moulding, this time convex in section, which, like the top moulding, continues around the sides which are panelled.
The front legs are robustly turned and incorporate the original “half-cup” feet.
Often referred to as a “Jacobean” turned leg base, this is an outstanding example of its type for colour, surface and originality.
English, circa 1650-1680.
Length 84 inches, depth 21 inches, height 33 inches.
A similar serving dresser, possibly from the same workshop, and from the John Fardon Collection, is illustrated in Victor Chinnery “Oak Furniture, The British Tradition”, page 347, figure 3.344.