George III Period Oak Press
A most unusual late George III period Oak Press, the highly figured timbers with fielded panels, the interior with three original shelves,good square section period brass handles on original turned supports. Most unusual to find a Press in Oak with 90% being made in mahogany.
c. 1810 - 1820
Oak wood has a great density, great strength and hardness, and is very resistant to insect and fungal attack because of its high tannin content. It also has very appealing grain markings, particularly when quarter sawn. Oak planking was common on high status Viking long ships in the 9th and 10th centuries. The wood was hewn from green logs, by axe and wedge, to produce radial planks, similar to quarter-sawn timber. Wide, quarter-sawn boards of oak have been prized since the Middle Ages for use in interior panelling of prestigious buildings such as the debating chamber of the House of Commons in London and in the construction of fine furniture. Oak wood, from Quercus robur and Quercus petraea, was used in Europe for the construction of ships, especially naval men of war, until the 19th century, and was the principal timber used in the construction of European timber-framed buildings.
Known as a Gentleman's wardrobe or Press. A double-heightened piece, in fashion before the wardrobe with hanging space. The lower section consists usually of three long, or two long and two half drawers. The upper section has blind-panelled cupboard doors, with the interior fitted with three or more sliding open drawers.
Height81.00 inch(205.7 cm)

Width49.25 inch(125.1 cm)

Depth20.75 inch(52.7 cm)
Ref No. 6548
£3900.00
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