WOA: 35 9/16″
DOA: 6 1/16″
CONSTRUCTION: The three-section cornice is nailed to the fascia board and case sides. The molding framing along the back edges of the cupboard continues around the sides and the front at the top, appearing to be an added section of the cornice. A flat molding separates the upper and lower cupboards sections. The paneled doors are mortised, tenoned, and pegged. One upper door has an added 1/2″ strip as it butts against the other door. The base is cut to form front feet and is nailed to the case. The molding framing described above fits along the top of the base. The wide, rough-sawn vertical backboards are nailed to the case and to each of the three interior shelves. The backboards are cut at the bottom in the shape of the front base section, the joining of which forms the back center foot. The surface is painted and grained in red and black. The panels are bordered by a darker tone. Outlining these painted borders is an ocher line, simulating inlay. The locks and hinges are original.
The corner cupboard remained at White Oak and in the same family ownership until 1979. Recent research by Linda Crowe Chestnut and preservation consultant Maryellen Higgenbotham reveals that the corner cupboard’s faux finish was far from unique at White Oak. The house’s doors, mantels, and wainscot all retain evidence of original decorative faux finishes.