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Place Made:
Central Piedmont North Carolina North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut, yellow pine, maple
HOA: 15; WOA: 12; DOA: 9
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Small cabinet: Hooded top that has a molded edge shaped in front to form pseudo-capitals at each side; each side is topped with a carved console; arched top door decorated with an inlaid band that follows the shape of the arch but has lunetted corners; fylfot inlaid in light wood on door; interior fitted with four blocked drawers, two of which are divided into two sections, each drawer mounted with a brass knob; molded base above ogee bracket feet.

CONSTRUCTION: Unusual construction details are 1) that the feet and bed moldings are cut from single pieces (rather than having separate feet and moldings), and 2) the application of the drawer bottoms, which have a half-dovetail joint where they join the drawer fronts. The shaping of the feet and the base molding from one piece of board is typical of the Backcountry. (RAES)

STYLE: This unusual cabinet borrows its form from the hood of a tall-case clock. While the carved consoles (the scrolls under the cornice) are a formal detail, the heavy stringing and “fylfot” inlaid on the door lead us to attribute the piece to Piedmont North Carolina. The profile of the ogee feet, the heavy lunetted banding outlining the door, and the drawer construction all relate the furniture made in the Catawba River Valley. It was most likely made in Rowan, Mecklenburg, Iredell, Lincoln, Gaston, or Catawba County.

USE: The chest was apparently used for valuables. There is no evidence that it was used as a spice chest.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. R. Phillip Hanes, Jr.