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Hanging Shelf

Place Made:
Catawba River Valley North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1800-1810
Medium:
cherry –yellow pine –tulip poplar
Dimensions:
HOA: 29 1/2; WOA: 25 1/2; DOA: 10
Accession Number:
256.4
Description:
DESCRIPTION: Hanging shelf: Sides and cornice are deeply scalloped; one drawer in base across entire width; inlaid with heavy line, geometric, and tulip-like designs; molded base with mitered edges; tongue and groove vertical backboards; shelves notched into sides.

CONSTRUCTION: The backboards are exposed at the sides. The early cut nails in the piece suggest a date range later than the style.

STYLE: The Germanic styling of the top and sides are reminiscent of a miniature kitchen cupboard.

ATTRIBUTION: The cupboard is attributed to North Carolina’s Catawba River Valley region, consisting of Catawba, Lincoln, and Gaston counties, partly because cherry was commonly used there and strong Germanic communities had settled there.

WOODS: Cherry with light wood inlays; poplar, cherry and yellow pine secondary.

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