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BOOKCASE, LIBRARY

Category
FURNITURE
Object Name
BOOKCASE, LIBRARY
Place Made
Charleston, South Carolina
Date
1790-1800
Materials
mahogany __primary ||mahogany veneer __primary ||tulip poplar __secondary __one base member ||white pine __secondary
Dimensions
[Overall Ht]115 3/16″ __[Overall Wdth]97 7/8″ __[Overall Depth]24″
Description
library bookcase: three bays with scroll pediment atop center bay with carved rosettes, string surround on spandrels, three oval paterae with floral inlay, decorative finial on plinth table; cornice with dentil and cove molding; frieze with crossed stringing and husk inlay; upper bookcase with four key entry only glazed doors with geometric tracery and 18 lights, triple-string inlay on stiles and rails; lower cases: side bays with five graduated drawers with key entry, rosette and bail pulls with triple-string inlay and cockbeading; center bay with same configuration of drawers with top two being secretary drawer with fallboard and quadrant enclosing center prospect door with string inlay with lunetted corners, key entry, flanked by one drawer over two drawers over four pigeonholes with straight valence, knob pulls on drawers; straight base with top molding

Refer to Collections record.

Object Location
MESDA Collection/deaccessioned/now in the Governor’s Mansion, Columbia, South Carolina
MESDA / Old Salem Accession Number
2891
Photo Number
S-6789
File Location
SCC-8-29
History
Descended in the Trenholm family of Charleston.
Alterations-Condition
__ __drawers and secretary drawer reconstructed from dado evidence in case partitions; repairs to base __upper portion of finial replaced
Sign/Marks
chalked in script under top boards of lower case __”G Schem” or “Scham” and “Charleston”
Joinery
Pediment: pediment, cornice, and frieze assembled on a separate dovetailed frame;

Doors: unpinned mortise and tenoned frames with mitred face veneer and triple stringing;

Case:
Corner joinery: bookcase constructed in three bays, with each section dovetailed top and bottom, held together by the frieze framing and the bed molding atop the lower case; lower case constructed in three bays, each section with blind dovetailing top and bottom, the units evidently joined together with the single-span portions of the outer top and the integrally-constructed base unit that is mitred at the returns and corners;
Back joinery: upper and lower case units paneled;
Case partitions: full-height, full-depth pine partitions faced with deep mahogany stiles at the front;
Drawer rails: evidently faced with mahogany and half-dovetailed to partitions and case sides, the joints covered with facing strips;
Drawer supports: drawer rails and evidently full-depth laths nailed and glued into dadoes in case sides and partitions, including under secretary drawer;
Dustboards: apparently none

(Joinery taken from Rauschenberg & Bivins, p. 523.)

Details
Refer to Description. __ __ __Refer to Description and Condition.
Examined
__No __No __06/18/1998