Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Furniture Treasure, 2010, Welsh Potboard Dresser

Jacobean Welsh Dresser Potboard dresser China cabinet hutch
Welsh Potboard Dresser

Here is one of my best finds for 2010.  I think of it as my Tudor monstrosity.  Knowledgeable individuals might say OMG, there is nothing Tudor about that piece!  [Do knowledgeable people say OMG?]  But to me, well, it isn't colonial, country, primitive, French, Russian, Rocco, Baroque, or any of numerous other styles.  (It isn't modern...) 

I don't know what it is, but I was happy to find it at an estate sale in July.  In the poor lighting at the estate sale, this hulking hutch(?), shelving unit(?) looked much darker then it really is, and it sat forlornly until the 4th day (last day) of the sale, it's 1/2 off tag tempting only me as it stood with other more impressive furniture.  (Another piece of which I bought, but that is different story...)

I saw it and wanted to take this orphan home.  It is 68 inches wide.  (Did you ever notice that most furniture today stops at about 60 inches wide max?)  Numerous calls home rousted my teenager from his XBOX - the annoyed child found a tape measure and measured the only place in the house where I could place it.  (Several measuring attempts were made.  I knew some of the measurements he was giving me were wrong.  Always get a child to give you inches on the tape measure.  Reading feet and inches is too confusing for a teen whose game time is being interrupted.)  The destination location was 82 inches wide.  

Sounding like his father, he asked what are you going to do with the furniture that is already occupying the spot?  Go back and blast pixels on the TV screen I wanted to tell him.  Leave adult issues to mom.

Transporting the item home, what the spouse said, cleaning it up, moving the furniture around in the house, all those adventures remain mine for now.  But I wanted to share with my on-line crowd.  I love this furniture.  I makes me smile.  Perhaps the biggest reason for my love of the piece is that I can display an ever changing array of collected china from numerous sales. I wanted to share this today before I arrange a fall display on it, or the Christmas display, or the spring one.... 

Jacobean Welsh Dresser Potboard dresser China cabinet hutch
Welsh Potboard Dresser

For my treasure hunting blog world friends: the price was around $250, with maybe $40 worth of delivery charges spontaneously arranged on the spot with a stranger who had a pickup truck. Perhaps the piece is a Victorian version of colonial?  It can't be too old, it has antique looking tiny casters on the bottoms that were glued shut with cob webs and floor yuck.  If any of the blog world people want to give an opinion on what they think the style, value, etc. are, please comment away.  I don't think the Antique Roadshow people would be impressed, (my spouse wasn't), but I do value your opinion. Weigh in please!

[2011 Update: I now consider this to be a Welsh dresser with a potboard, possibly Jacobean.  Welsh dressers are open on top (no glass doors).  The top 'rack' (shelving unit) also has 3 working drawers (tooled to look like 6).  I haven't seen another example like this when searching via google images.  The potboard dresser is the base consisting of the open bottom with a shelf near the ground.  There are 7 working drawers on the base.]

(Click on the images to see them enlarged.)

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I am linking up to these memes:
Colorado Lady for Vintage Thingies Thur (I was entry 13 of 51.) 
Diane for 2nd Time Around, (I was entry 19 of 21.)
Bloggeritaville for Thrifty Thursday, (I was entry 14 of 81.)
Selena for Thrift Share Monday (I was entry 27 of 27.)
Bonnie at Twice Owned Tuesday (I was entry 57 of 64.)
Romantic Home for Show and Tell (I was entry 91 of 217.)
Claudia for Fridays Finding Beauty (I was entry 18 of 18.)
Jessica for Favorite Things Friday (I was entry 116 of 168.)
Cottage Charm for Trinkets and Treasures (I was entry 1 of 3).
Debbie for Garage Salen Party (I was entry 7 of 22.)
French Country for Feathered Nest Fri #5  (I was entry 33 of 44).
Brambleberry Cottage for Time Travel Thur  (I was entry 21 of 21).
Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays (I was entry 16 of 91.)
House of Grace for Best of Twice Owned Tue (I was entry 31 of 51.) 
Primative and Proper for Piece of work Wed 18 (Entry 37 of 42.) 

29 comments:

LV said...

You did the right thing in purchasing this vintage piece. It is a very nice and useful item.

Postcardy said...

I think it is probably supposed to look Early American or Colonial.

Chrissie said...

Oh my word, what a gorgeous china collection!!

My Cottage Charm said...

I don't know what it is, but it sure is lovely, I would have bought it too. :) Good thing strangers accept cash and move things huh?! lol :) If I bought it I would have to have painted it white to fit in in the only space in my house it would go. We have tons of windows in our house and not a whole lot of wall space. Oh well.....it looks lovely in your home and I ADORE all your china pieces! I have a dish fetish! lol

Thanks so much for linking up your lovely piece to Treasures and Trinkets Thursday, please come back and link up again, I'd love to have you!
Hugs
Missy

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

Oh, it is gorgeous and your china looks very at home in it :)

Blessings!
Gail

Annie said...

What a wonderful, useful piece of furniture! If I had seen it before you, I'd have drooled an drooled over it. But my house is too small and I would have had to leave without buying. You are so lucky!

Natasha said...

It is a gorgeous piece. I can see why you wanted it! I think it will look gorgeous dressed up at Christmas too! Great find.

Best wishes,
Natasha.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi there- your story is too cute!! I, too, have called my boys to have them measure a spot or piece or something for me! Glad you bought the hutch- it is lovely and looks great with your china in it! Stopping by from Debbie's. :)

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi There- so glad you joined in Feathered Nest Friday and shared this project! It is gorgeous! :) New follower here!

Debbie said...

Well you sure can tell a story if nothing else:) From what I am guessing, and that is all it is a guess....the piece is from the 70's or early 80's. You can see it is well made all wood...so you certainly did not over pay, and it is substantial in size. I love that you LOVE it, and yes all your dishes look fantastic. Just think of all the fun you will have on the holidays, displaying and arranging. Enjoy it!!~ Thanks for joining me.

Anna said...

Its big but it is beautiful. You have some gorgeous dishes and they look so wonderful displayed there.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

You are soooo my kind of person!! The china cabinet reminds me of a Welsh Dresser and leans toward the Jacobean style. It is perfect for anyone who collects dishware...or anything to display. I think it was a huge bargain, would have and actually have asked my kids to measure spaces in the house while I was at a yard sale, and have made deals with men with trucks before too. I just want to say that I am impressed with your find.

Erin@likegrandmas said...

That's huge, but nice!!!

Moogie said...

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Pam said...

That is huge (obviously). I just found out about 1/2 price day at estate sales. Where have I been?

Brambleberry Cottage said...

You did the right thing, Jeanne! You came to Blogland for encouragement about your wonderful score. And it is indeed wonderful.

You can't expect much encouragement about home decor from a teenager...and little more at times even from spouses. ;)

Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to seeing what you link up each week.

Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com

High Street Cottage said...

I had a nice chuckle reading your post. The measuring bit is hysterical. I think of your hutch as more "French Country". When I see French Country pieces they often have lots of places to hold plates, and usually have nice large hutches atop the bases. But I'm not a Knowledgeable Individual, just a lover of all things vintage. The price was a bargain to say the least and I'll have to remember the delivery tip. tami from the high street cottage

GardenofDaisies said...

Golly gee whiz that thing holds a ton of china!! LOVE IT!! That is exactly what I need in my dining room! And I love ALL your pretty place settings!

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Hi. Thanks for visiting my blog. You have a big dish collection! Glad you have somewhere to display them.
~ Julie

very merry vintage style said...

It is a beautiful hutch! So much room to display your lovely things. I have the same thing going on with my kids/husband when I find a piece of furniture.. "where are you going to put it, what about the other items you already have?" So glad you bought it and it makes you happy; that's what counts! Thanks for visiting my blog and my "hutch" post as well! Have a wonderful weekend. Mary

The Tablescaper said...

What a magnificent peice to hold all of your treasures!!!

- The Tablescaper

Carrie said...

Your hutch is a fabulous piece and so is your china collection!

Pamela said...

I am sure someone has already shared with you by now that your beautiful find is a 'Welsh Dresser". I'm not sure how they got their name but I know that this is the name for open hutches. I have one made of solid walnut, the things is so heavy it take for men to move it (and only then in two pieces, top and bottom). I think you're very fortunate to have it, I know I would not take gold for mine. Scroll down on this post and you will see my Welsh Dresser. www.sojournscrochet.blogspot.com/search/label/Table%20Scapes

xinex said...

Nice cabinet, looks like it holds a lot too. Thanks for leading me over here. One reason I bought our new kitchen cabinet is because of its width, it's 82 inches wide and you know, I can use all the storage space I can get. LOL.....Christine

Lyndee @ A Recovering Craft Hoarder said...

You are making me desperately look forward to yard sale season. There's nothing like finding that amazing find--that piece that sticks out for you. I lived in Central New York for a bit and was in yard sale heaven. There's been nothing like it since.

Melanie said...

Great find! I know the feeling when you find something perfect for you! Thanks for sharing. I am now a follower.

Melanie
youmadethat.blogspot.com

Sybillinart said...

Oh wow I can see you like dishes!! Thank you for your comment on my blog ;)

FRANNIE-STEVENS-MESHORER said...

ooohhh aaaaahhh .. i want a HUTCH too!!!

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