Mid 18th Century Initialled Welsh Oak Cwpwrdd Tridarn

Featured in "Welsh Furniture 1250 - 1950" by Richard Bebb (Volume II, page 97):

Picture on right is from the above book (but note that the photographic negative was flipped
during printing, so this picture shows a mirror image of the actual piece shown on the left)


This miniature tridarn is the only know example of its type
Wonderful small size and delightful proportions
Lovely rich colour and patina

Open top section shows broken arched pediment, open slatted sides
and is fronted with turned column supports and pierced scrolling spandrels

The frieze has a row of cuphooks

Middle section with dentil moulded top edge and three narrow spice drawers
above three central drawers, and flanked by arched panel doors

With outer reeded quarter columns below half pendant turned finials

The lowest of the middle three drawers inlaid in bog oak and holly with initials "AI"

The bottom section with a full width frieze drawer above a small central drawer
and shaped panel, between arched panel doors and canted angle sides

Standing on bracket feet

Provenance: a House Sale, Beaumaris, Anglesey, North Wales in the early 1970's

This Tridarn is an extraordinary example of individual craftsmanship
featuring many fine details of the mid 18th century

Dimensions: 49 inches wide, 19 inches deep, 75 inches high (78 inches at tallest point)

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