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WALES, CIRCA 1760-1800

The wood-hinged top with surrounding mouldings, the front with square fielded panels. The base with a long drawer. On shaped bracket feet.

A ‘Coffer (or Coffor) Bach’ is a Welsh term meaning a small chest or trunk, used to describe a small chest with a lift-up top revealing open storage space, with a single drawer (although occasionally with two or three 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 handed down through the female line. Often given to the bride at her wedding, the ‘Coffer Bach’ would have been used to store her most personal and prized possessions, such as a bible, sewing implements, linen, wool, embroidery, etc. They were often handed down from mother to daughter.

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).

Bibliography:
Richard Bebb, Welsh Furniture 1250-1950: A Cultural History of Craftsmanship and Design: Volume Two 1700-1950 (Saer Books, 2007).

 

Dimensions

Height: 53cm Width: 66cm Depth: 43cm

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