This is an outport Newfoundland dresser brought here about twenty years ago by a fellow from Hamilton with connections on the island. John "Somebody". I;m sorry, his name eludes me right now. 1st quarter 20th cent. I bought a half dozen pieces from him and they were all great, but his resources ran out pretty quickly. I remember that I sold this to some long term clients at a show benefiting the Ballet at what used to be called the O'Keefe Centre. I sold a similar one the same weekend to a very elegant lady from Tokyo, who was having it shipped to her luxury condo there. She said everything else she had was modern but she wanted something primitive in contrast, plus she admired the proportions. It amused me to think of this juxtaposition.
As you can see, the previous owner was curious about what is under the white paint. There is some great colour there but a lot of work as well if one wanted to take it down. If I still have it I may do this over the winter as I like this kind of work for it's therapeutic value. You certainly never get a good return on your time but it is satisfying work. On the other hand, i think it looks just fine as it is.
It is 30 1/2" wide, 16" deep, 57" tall. This is an excellent and rare example of Newfoundland furniture.