Re: [MedievalSawdust] That "Drawer Queston"...
- It is indeed turning into a good discussion! What I'd like to know next is, how are the earliest drawers constructed? If they are dovetailed, then maybe that explains their sudden appearance.
I wouldn't question that date just yet - consider location. I think England has to be considered separately from the Continent, because a lot of 15th century developments just didn't get adopted by the English until much later. Look at hopped beer, for example. (Better yet - drink some! That will surely improve the discussion even more.)
James Winkler wrote:Wow... this is turning into a fascinating question. I've been going through art books, doing internet searches, furniture books... and ya' know... ya' really can't find a thing on drawers (other than those few examples in "Mobel Europas"... and while I have great faith in a museum's ability to date.. I'd have to agree that the 2nd half 15th c. date is *looking* questionable)...So... what the heck would have spawned this sudden interest in putting drawers in things??? I couldn't be a 'technology thing'... they were producing boxes and object much more complex for years.Weird...... more stuff to dig into...GREAT darned question...Chas.