Offered by: Yew Tree House
PO box 5119 Greenwich, CT 06831 , United States Call Seller 212.249.6612 Showrooms


200 Lexington Ave
New York City, NY 10016
United States

Diminutive Welsh Coffer

$ 3,900
  • Description
    Scarce Welsh small coffer or "coffer bach" having hinged lid over two arch panels over two drawers, the whole constructed of dense Welsh oak and having a lovely rich color and patina.
    A ‘Coffer Bach’ is Welsh for a small chest or trunk with drawers below. Made only in Wales, a ‘Coffer Bach’ is traditionally associated with marriages - a dowry or love chest which was held in high esteem and usually descended through the female line. Often given to the bride at her wedding, the ‘Coffer Bach’ would have been used to store her most prized possessions.
    Richard Bebb explains that: ‘The elaborate paneling and use of solid oak throughout was an expensive statement and the pieces were made to be admired, continuing to form – with the clothing and bedding they contained – a part of the woman’s dowry. Besides their storage function, they fulfilled aesthetic and social purposes and often became heirlooms, and this favoured their traditional appearance.’ (Richard Bebb, Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design: Volume Two 1700-1950, p.74).
    Provenance: Schiffer Antiques
  • More Information
    Origin: Wales
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Oak
    Condition: Good. hinges later, some losses, overall very good antique condition
    Creation Date: 1750
    Styles / Movements: Traditional
    Dealer Reference #: YEWTR00001691
    Incollect Reference #: 728633
  • Dimensions
    W. 22.75 in; H. 15.5 in; D. 13.5 in;
    W. 57.79 cm; H. 39.37 cm; D. 34.29 cm;
Message from Seller:

Yew Tree House Antiques was launched in 1991, fueled by a passion for collecting the unexpected. Kevin Kleinbardt and Ahna Petersen, with independent backgrounds in furniture and art history respectively, joined forces to focus on pieces with a “soulfulness of character,” as Ahna likes to say.

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