Antique Welsh Georgian Oak Kitchen Housekeepers Livery Press Cupboard (Circa 1800)


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Object Description

This is a superb quality antique George III Welsh housekeeper’s oak food cupboard, circa 1800, in excellent original condition, with a secret drawer compartment.

• Item: Housekeeper’s Cupboard
• Provenance: North Wales, UK
• Circa: 1800
• Period: George III
• Wood: Oak
• Solid boarded top
• Protruding canopy
• Spiral quarter columns to front corners
• Working door lock and key
• Gothic shaped Arcadian fielded door panels
• Original bracket feet
• Joined peg construction
• Fold-down access hatch to lower compartment in top section
• Hand dovetailed pine lined drawers
• Secret compartment (lower section)
• Dismantles into two sections
• Sought after size
• Superb colour and patination
• Free delivery to England, Wales & southern Scotland*
• Free 14 days UK returns policy

This is a superb quality antique George III Welsh housekeeper’s oak food cupboard, circa 1800, in excellent original condition, with a secret drawer compartment. The cupboard boasts an elegant protruding canopy above a solid polished boarded top. The cupboard is divided into two sections; the top section comprises a cupboard with two compartments; the top compartment is revealed by opening the two doors, and comprises a single shelf with generous storage space below. Opening the fold-down horizontal hatch, which retains its original working lock and a working key, accesses the lower compartment in the top section. The doors and hatch to the top section incorporate the rotating latches to stop them accidentally swinging open, as well as the original turned wooden handles. The doors to the cupboard boast two lovely raised and fielded Gothic shaped Arcadian panels. The front corners of the top section are adorned with quarter-columns with carved spiral detail. The bottom section of the cupboard houses seven working drawers, arranged in an apparent three-over-two configuration, however the central row of drawers also includes a secret drawer, disguised as part of the frame between the two main drawers. This secret drawer is perfect for the storage of valuables, such as money or jewellery. The drawers are oak lined, constructed with hand dovetailed joints, retaining their original turned knobs. The cupboard features the original polished oak top, inset side panels and original backboards constructed with very good quality wide planks. The cupboard stands on the original Georgian bracket feet. The cupboard has good proportions, which makes it a sought-after size; it was designed to fit into farmhouses with low ceilings. The cupboard dismantles into two sections for easy transport and access into the house.

The cupboard boasts a rich oxblood brown colour. As it displays the original polish it has a fantastic patination; this can only be achieved through age and the years of care and cleaning it has received.

This item would look superb in a variety of rooms, especially the kitchen, living room or dining room. This item would certainly grace any home. So don’t miss out on your chance to own a lovely piece of furniture.

Height = 184cm or 72½” or 6ft ½”
Width (cornice) = 131cm or 51⅝” or 4ft 3⅝”
Width (feet) = 128.9cm or 50¾” or 4ft 2¾”
Depth (cornice) = 55.5cm or 21⅞” or 1ft 9⅞”
Depth (base including knobs) = 57.8cm or 22¾” or 1ft 10¾”

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.

Delivery times are usually 1-4 weeks depending on location; we aim to deliver the majority of items within 2 weeks. All items are professionally packaged and fully insured in transit, therefore, we can assure you, your items will be securely protected in transit and arrive safely with you.

Once you have purchased an item, we will contact you by email and/or telephone and provide you with a provisional delivery date, in order for you to confirm if it is suitable for you. Once you have confirmed you can accept delivery on the provisional delivery date, we will book the delivery in with our shippers and it then becomes a confirmed delivery date.

We will also provide you with our shippers’ contact details, in case you need to contact the driver on the day of delivery. It’s helpful if you can provide us with both the landline and mobile telephone number, in case the driver cannot reach you on one of the numbers on the day of delivery, they can contact you on your alternative number.

In order to be able to offer you free delivery, it is based on a 1-man delivery only. For any large items that require 2 people to lift the item, we ask that you are available at the time of delivery to be able to give our shipper a lift off the van and into your house with the item. If you are not able to lift items yourself, we ask that you have someone on hand at the time of delivery to assist our shipper with lifting the item.

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.

UK Buyer Payment:
For UK buyers, we accept cash on collection or delivery; cheque, credit card, BACS (free bank to bank transfer) or PayPal. Payment is requested within 5 days of the sale. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered.

International Buyers:
If you live outside the UK and you would like to purchase this item, please contact us before purchasing it, so that we can obtain an accurate shipping quote and delivery lead-time. The shipping quote provided is a global estimate only. The actual shipping cost will vary by country and postcode. Due to the distances and costs involved with shipping outside the UK, a returns policy is therefore not available for international buyers. Before placing your order(s) please make sure this is the item for you. We request payment by bank transfer (we do not accept payment via PayPal, credit or debit cards for international purchases). Payment is requested within 10 days of the purchase. Payment must be cleared before the items are collected or delivered to our shippers. The advertised price of the item does not include the shipping cost, sales tax, import duty or custom fees.

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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 original condition. Nominal old use marks to the leading edges and frame, but nothing significant considering the age of the item. All doors and hinges are in good working order; they close comfortably. The doors retain the original hinges and steel working locks (with key). All doors and drawers boast the original wooden knobs, which is rare to see. The bracket feet and backboards are original too, along with the secrete compartment. The drawers run smoothly and close flush to the frame. The item is solid in joint and stands firm on the ground (it does not wobble).

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+44 (0)1829 458 070
+44 (0)7960 738 212

Dealer Location

Unit 4
Organsdale Farm
United Kingdom

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