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Corner Cupboard

Place Made:
Eastern Virginia Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
1750-1765
Medium:
walnut –oak –poplar
Dimensions:
HOA: 53 1/4; WOA: 30
Accession Number:
990
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Hanging corner cupboard with one outset paneled door; upper part of panel is shaped with curved mullion at each corner; single drawer below; molded cornice; molded base; H-hinges; three scalloped shelves; gouged around top of drawer’s pull; dovetail work on drawers and sides; very slight sunk bead at outer edges of door stiles and around drawer.

CONSTRUCTION: The door of this cupboard is well constructed with indented corners at the top of the raised panel. The molding that surrounds the panel is cut of the rails and stiles, with the exception of the indented corners which are carved and glued separately. Similar door construction appears on pieces by Peter Scott of Williamsburg. Scott’s pieces, however, differ in that each insert is formed with two pieces mitered together. Variations of this technique appear in furniture from northeast North Carolina as well as Britain. Cupboards of this type are often meant to rest on a chair rail.

Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph P. Hanes