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Clothes Press

Place Made:
Tidewater Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine
HOA: 61 5/8; WOA: 61 1/4; DOA: 20 1/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Baroque clothes press mounted with two outset multi-paneled doors, one opening into a shelved space on the left, the other opening into a hanging space; decorated with heavy moldings at top and bottom and with applied split spindles and geometric molded designs; the whole supported by four turned feet unattached to the main body.

ATTRIBUTION: This cupboard is attributed to the hands of a Dutch artisan. This is based on the style of the turnings, diamond-shaped applied moldings, the mitering of door and frame moldings, the use of splines in the backboards, the unattached feet, and the canted corner profile, and the asymmetry of the facade.

FORM: Both Germans and the Dutch were fond of large case pieces that served as closets and storage space for folded fabrics. Such presses were rare in the seventeenth-century South. In 1671 William Moseley’s estate in Norfolk County, Virginia, contained a “greate Dutch Cash” worth 500 pounds of tobacco. Moseley’s “Cash” almost certainly represents a corruption of the Dutch “kas.

Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton