Carved Front Chest of Drawers

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Carved Front Chest of Drawers

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Timber: Shown in English Oak Catalog No: F10166
Depth: 20"Width: 40"Height: 34"

The chest consists of 3 drawers with inset hand carved Gothic designs with iron wrought drop handles, and rests on turned bun feet.

In just a handful of winters beginning the early 18th century, 2/3 of all walnut in northern Europe died off in the Great Frost, the harshest European winter for 500 years.  Europeans turned to oak for furniture to replace their coveted European walnut. But they disliked the oak so much that originally they painted the piece to hide the grain, and to hide the disappointment with having to use it.  Consequently a great number of early oak pieces were painted.


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