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Irish Pine Chicken Coop Dresser


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The dresser was the decorative focal point of the sparse interior of the nineteenth century Irish cottage, and is the most well known piece of Irish vernacular furniture. Usually built in one piece, the Irish dresser combined display of the “good” crockery on open shelves with storage of other household possessions in a cupboard beneath.  In this fine example the lower section comprises two tiers of cages where chickens, which have pecked away in the yard all day, can be brought inside at night, safe from foxes.  A broody or “clocking” hen might be kept in the dresser to hatch her eggs.

Here, beneath a bold crown is a fretwork frieze with a heart motif in the centre.  Two fixed shelves provide three spaces for display and a shallow counter for preparation.  The two step-backed cages have slatted fronts, the centre slat on each level lifts on a wooden handle to access the interior.  The piece ends in protruding “sledge” feet, where the wood grain runs from front to back to resist moisture absorption from a dirt or stone floor, and designed to be replaced should they deteriorate over the years.

This piece has outstanding character and presence and is hand-waxed to a lovely light honey glow.

Republic of Ireland, circa 1880. 



52"w x 84"h x 17.5"d

Materials and Condition

Polished Pine
Very good sturdy condition with wear consistent with age and use.
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