Amongst the lots up for auction in Bonham’s sale, Home & Interiors, in Knightsbridge, this coming Tuesday, the 23rd of February 2016, I espied this stretcher-less oak dresser base, lot 393 (fig. 1).
Silhouette-legged dressers and dresser bases were popular in predominantly rural areas from the late seventeenth-century. Though less sophisticated than turned legs, silhouette legs bridged the aesthetic gap between thoroughly plain legs and turned legs.
Fig. 1. George II oak baluster silhouette-legged dresser base, circa 1745. (Bonham’s)
Fig. 2. Charles II oak Solomonic column silhouette-legged dresser base, circa 1680. (Robert Young)
Fig. 3. Welsh oak dresser with baluster silhouette legs, late eighteenth-century. (Moxhams)