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The dresser originated with the dressoir d'aparat used during the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.  It appeared in its present form in the 17th C and is closely related to the high buffet cupboard.  It usually comprises drawers and doors in the lower part and shelves for exhibiting plates in the upper part which can be either  with open shelves or glazed doors. Its popularity  grew with the developpement of faience and porcelain and it became a status symbol with the bourgeoisie for exhibiting their collections.  In  the 19th C it became a part of rural households, finding its place in the kitchen for storing and presenting crockery.

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