Waterfall furniture is a term used describe curved or rounded edges like a "waterfall". Art Deco furniture used the combination of veneers and waterfall effects to create various unusual and visually appealing designs. The use of bakelite handles was also common in waterfall pieces in the 1930's. The piece pictured contains a cedar lined cabinet, handles with bakelite decorative disks, ornate veneer, and a waterfall edge at the top and along the sides of the top drawers.
Like much of the furniture produced in the depression era, it was generally inexpensive in it's day. Like the piece pictured, often, there are no drawer glides which sometimes creates difficulty in opening and closing.
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