Tramp Art is a style of woodworking which emerges in America from 1870 to 1940. Its characteristics include chip carving into squares, triangles and rectangles, the reclamation of cheap wood such as cigar boxes and shipping crates, use of simple tools as penknives and then layering into three dimensional,boldly geometric pieces with glue or nails. One technique used in Tramp Art is Crown of Thorns joinery. It was most popular during the Great Depression. The name was given in 1959 by Frances Lichten in Pennsylvania Folk Life Magazine, to describe crafts constructed from waste materials. Although this name conjures images of itinerants who bartered wares for food and shelter much of these pieces were made by people from all walks of life.
Offering a mini dresser constructed by mixing traditional cabinet making with Tramp Art style. The overall style of the dresser is one on Empire. The dresser has six drawers, each made of colorful wooden cigar boxes. There are brass pulls on each drawer. When drawers are removed the stamp on the original wood (Cigar Box) is exposed. It has a beveled dresser top mirror in the middle supported by an ornate frame.The dresser has a straight apron on front and sides. The frame of the dresser is made of sturdy hardwood while the back is also of cigar box wood.
This piece is in excellent condition showing minor honest wear - with tight joints and seams. The dimensions are : 20"H, 9.5"D 14.5"W.
# MCB 18244