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Antique Welsh Georgian Oak Cwpwrdd Bara Caws Or Bread Cheese Food Inlaid Kitchen Housekeepers Cupboard (circa 1810)

Status: This item has been sold
Sold by: Yolanda Gray Antiques

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This is a fine quality antique Welsh Georgian oak inlaid food cupboard, also known as a cwpwrdd Bara Caws, attributable to Talwrn, Anglesey, North Wales, circa 1810, in excellent condition. The top section incorporates a small protruding moulded cornice, above a rail decorated with mahogany & ebony dot-and-diamond inlay. This style of decorative inlay was typical of the Talwrn village in Anglesey, North Wales. Below, the top cupboard space incorporates moulded panel doors, with central pierced fretwork panels (to originally allow air flow for food storage) and the original brass round knobs and mahogany inlaid keyhole escutcheons. The right-hand door retains the original working lock, with working key, whilst the left-hand door features the original wooden rotating lever and a faux keyhole. The base section boasts further mahogany, ebony & satinwood dot-and-diamond inlay to the frame. The top of the base comprises a pair of drawers, with cock beaded fronts. They are pine lined, hand dovetailed and boast their original brass round knobs and kite shaped mahogany inlaid keyhole escutcheons. The right-hand drawer also boasts its original working lock, with working key, with the left-hand drawer having a faux keyhole. The bottom of the base section comprises a second cupboard space enclosed by two inset panelled doors. The right-hand door incorporates a steel working lock, with working key, with the left-hand door featuring a faux keyhole and the original wooden rotating lever. Both doors display kite shaped inlaid mahogany keyhole surrounds and retain their original brass round knobs. The cupboard space to the top section offers three-tier storage, having two shelves, while the cupboard space to the base section offers two-tier storage, having a central shelf. The cupboard sits on its original bracket feet. The item dismantles into two sections for ease of transport and access into the home.

The dot-and-diamond inlay makes this food cupboard attributable to the village of Talwrn, on the island of Anglesey, Wales, UK. Talwrn is renowned for its community of woodworkers who made distinctive furniture from the early 19th Century to the early 20th Century. The pieces are typically decorated with inlaid spots, triangles and diamonds and finished with quarter-sawn oak, exactly as this piece is. They are highly sought after, decorative and functional items that would complement any country kitchen or dining room.

Condition Report:
This item is in excellent condition, with nominal old use marks to the leading edges but nothing significant considering the age of the item. All doors and hinges are in good working order; they close comfortably. The drawers run smoothly and close flush to the frame. The cupboard retains its decorative inlay, which is intact and in excellent condition. All doors and drawers boast their original brass round knobs and kite shaped mahogany inlay escutcheons. The top section retains its original working lock (with key); the lower section features a later Victorian working lock (with key). Later possibly, Edwardian period, backboards fitted to base section. The cupboard stands on its original bracket feet, is solid in joint and stands firm on the ground (it does not wobble).

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This item is antique. The date of manufacture has been declared as 19th Century.


Height = 190.8 cm (75.1")
Width = 102.2 cm (40.2")
Depth = 47.2 cm (18.6")

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Yolanda Gray Antiques
Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
United Kingdom

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