Tuesday, June 29, 2010
I made a little hanging dole cupboard yesterday.
A dole or livery cupboard was used either to store food in the private areas of a medieval or early Tudor house for the use of the family, or was used to distribute left over food to the poor, usually in a church or in a great house.
It's related to an aumbry, which was also used for food storage. Both pieces of furniture have piercings or spindles so that air can circulate. In fact dole cupboard, aumbry, almery cupboard and livery are often used interchangeable. Some sit on the floor, and others hang on the wall.
It's very rough because I really bodged it together, mostly out of balsa wood, which guarantees that a piece is going to be extra rustic :) But the door actually opens and closes and I like the effect when it's hung in the bedchamber.