Antique Welsh Georgian Oak Cwpwrdd Bara Caws Or Bread Cheese Food Inlaid Kitchen Housekeepers Cupboard (Circa 1810)


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Object Description

This is a fine quality antique Welsh Georgian oak inlaid bread, cheese and food cupboard, also known as a cwpwrdd Bara Caws, attributable to Talwrn, Anglesey, North Wales, circa 1810, in excellent condition.

• Item: Food Cupboard (Bread & Cheese)
• Circa: 1810
• Provenance: Talwrn, Anglesey, Wales, UK
• Period: George III
• Wood: Oak, mahogany, ebony & satinwood
• Mahogany, ebony & satinwood dot-and-diamond inlay
• Protruding moulded cornice
• Two-piece cupboard
• 2 separate cupboard compartments
• 2 cock beaded drawers
• Pierced fretwork upper door panels
• Original working locks (with working keys)
• Kite shaped mahogany inlaid keyhole escutcheons
• Original brass round knobs
• Oak panelled front
• Solid pine sides
• Original bracket feet
• Plenty of storage space
• Lovely colour & patination
• Solid in joint
• Free delivery to mainland England, Wales & Southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

This is a fine quality antique Welsh Georgian oak inlaid bread, cheese and food cupboard, also known as a cwpwrdd Bara Caws, attributable to Talwrn, Anglesey, North Wales, circa 1810, in excellent condition. The top section incorporates a small protruding moulded cornice, above a rail decorated with mahogany & ebony dot-and-diamond inlay. This style of decorative inlay was typical of the Talwrn village in Anglesey, North Wales. Below, the top cupboard space incorporates moulded panel doors, with central pierced fretwork panels (to originally allow air flow for food storage) and the original brass round knobs and mahogany inlaid keyhole escutcheons. The right-hand door retains the original working lock, with working key, whilst the left-hand door features the original wooden rotating lever and a faux keyhole. The base section boasts further mahogany, ebony & satinwood dot-and-diamond inlay to the frame. The top of the base comprises a pair of drawers, with cock beaded fronts. They are pine lined, hand dovetailed and boast their original brass round knobs and kite shaped mahogany inlaid keyhole escutcheons. The right-hand drawer also boasts its original working lock, with working key, with the left-hand drawer having a faux keyhole. The bottom of the base section comprises a second cupboard space enclosed by two inset panelled doors. The right-hand door incorporates a steel working lock, with working key, with the left-hand door featuring a faux keyhole and the original wooden rotating lever. Both doors display kite shaped inlaid mahogany keyhole surrounds and retain their original brass round knobs. The cupboard space to the top section offers three-tier storage, having two shelves, while the cupboard space to the base section offers two-tier storage, having a central shelf. The cupboard sits on its original bracket feet. The cupboard would be an attractive addition to any kitchen or collectors’ piece, as it is not only elegant, but also provides a wealth of storage space. The item dismantles into two sections for ease of transport and access into the home.

This item features a mid-brown oak colour. It has a lovely colour and patination; this can only be achieved through age and years of care and cleaning it has received.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms including the hallway, kitchen or dining room. This item would certainly grace any home and is a great investment, as it is extremely functional. So, don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

The dot-and-diamond inlay makes this food cupboard attributable to the village of Talwrn, on the island of Anglesey, Wales, UK. Talwrn is renowned for its community of woodworkers who made distinctive furniture from the early 19th Century to the early 20th Century. The pieces are typically decorated with inlaid spots, triangles and diamonds and finished with quarter-sawn oak, exactly as this piece is. They are highly sought after, decorative and functional items that would complement any country kitchen or dining room.

External Height = 190.8cm or 75⅛” or 6ft 3⅛”
Top Section Height = 99.3cm or 39⅛” or 3ft 3⅛”
Top Section Width = 102.2cm or 40¼” or 3ft 4¼”
Top Section Depth = 46.3cm or 18¼” or 1ft 6¼”
Base Section Height = 94cm or 37” or 3ft 1”
Base Section Width = 100.8cm or 39⅝” or 3ft 3⅝”
Base Section Depth = 47.2cm or 18⅝” or 1ft 6⅝”

The price for this item is £3,450, which includes free delivery to mainland England, Wales & southern Scotland* and free 14-day returns.

Free UK Delivery*:
We offer free delivery to mainland England, Wales, and Southern Scotland (anywhere south of Stirling). *We do not offer free delivery to locations north of Stirling in Scotland, Northern Ireland, or any British Islands off the mainland; for example, the Isle of Man, Isle of White and Channel Islands. If you live in one of the areas where we do not offer free delivery, please contact us for a delivery quote before purchasing the item. Delivery will be made by our specialised antique furniture delivery service, or in some cases we will use a courier service for distant deliveries.

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Free 14 Days UK Returns & Refunds:
A free 14-day “no quibble” returns policy (from the date you receive the item) is available if you are not happy with this item. We will collect the item free of charge from you (we do not charge a return fee / collection fee). You will be given a full refund as long as the item is returned in the same condition. We will collect returns using our own specialist furniture delivery company. We will not accept returns via a courier service (due to experience of damaged items in transit). This refund policy only applies to deliveries to the UK.

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About the Seller:
This item is being sold by Yola Gray Antiques who is an accredited member of LAPADA (the UK’s largest Trade Association of Professional Art and Antique Dealers) and CINOA. CINOA is the world association of Art & Antique dealer associations. All LAPADA & CINOA members abide by their strict code of practice by adhering to reputable standards of quality, expertise and integrity.

Yola Gray has dealt in fine art and antique furniture for over 40 years. Yola Gray has a special interest in Colonial furniture, specifically Colonial Four Poster Beds. Yola Gray also provides a variety of fine English Antique Furniture, Art and Fabrics to clients in the UK, Europe and further afield.

Please visit the Yola Gray website at for further items and information.

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Object Condition

This item is in excellent condition, with nominal old use marks to the leading edges but nothing significant considering the age of the item. All doors and hinges are in good working order; they close comfortably. The drawers run smoothly and close flush to the frame. The cupboard retains its decorative inlay, which is intact and in excellent condition. All doors and drawers boast their original brass round knobs and kite shaped mahogany inlay escutcheons. The top section retains its original working lock (with key); the lower section features a later Victorian working lock (with key). Later possibly, Edwardian period, backboards fitted to base section. The cupboard stands on its original bracket feet, is solid in joint and stands firm on the ground (it does not wobble).

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