SOLD! Harlequin-Inspired Waterfall Dresser – Look at This Beauty!


Waterfall Dressers

The term Waterfall is given to a style of furniture produced from the 1920’s through the 40’s.  The shape of the pieces has a rounded horizontal edge usually with ridges that resemble a waterfall.  The wood has a rich warm look and the handles are Art Deco in design, often a combination of Bakelite and brass.

A lot of people mistakenly believe that because of the style and the shiny, interesting wood pattern that waterfall dressers are fine furniture and valuable but except for some that were initially made as more expensive pieces, waterfalls were actually mass-produced with cheaper materials.  A closer look will show that the frame is plywood and that the drawers, though heavy and dovetailed are also plywood.  Plywood was a new material in the 1920’s and it allowed furniture makers to create curves in wood that beforehand were only the work of fine craftsmen. Waterfall funiture has all the hallmarks of the Art Deco movement which began in France in the early 20th century but really gained popularity in the 1920’s.  Its emphasis was on streamlined symmetrical shapes and geometric design; it was influenced by popular culture such as the discovery of King Tut’s tomb which created a craze for all things Egyptian and cubism in art.  The materials used were modern such as aluminum, stainless steel and Bakelite.

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We’ve had this stunning dresser for a while, but it’s been buried and hard for customers to see… I’d pretty much forgotten about it as well.

The piece is absolutely beautiful, but has sustained some minor damage (scratches) while sitting in the shop, which you can see in the pictures below.  There’s also a section on the bottom right (below the door to the cabinet) that has been bumped up against too hard by something, and is slightly detached.  For these reasons, the original $499.00 price has been reduced by $100.00, down to $399.00.

Condition:  Very good, with the minor damage noted above.

Dimensions:  50″W x 36″H x 18″D.  The built in mirror at the back of the piece adds another 6″ to its height.

Price:  Just $399.00!!  (Plus the obligatory 5.5% State of Maine Sales Tax, of course.)

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In memory of my beloved husband John K Snyder… 20 Sept 1956 – 21 Oct 2016.
He loved our shops, especially Heritage Books, Maps & Ephemera – it was his baby.

He loved me, and oh how I loved him.

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