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Samuel Weisiger Grossmann The Collection

These pieces come from a collection assembled between 1930-1960 by veteran collector Dr. Samuel Weisiger Grossman (1911-1970) of Petersburg, Virginia. Dr. Grossman focused upon acquiring Southern regional pieces in undisturbed condition, and purchased principally from veteran Virginia dealer Virginia Crumpler of Colonial Heights. After graduated from Petersburg High in 1925, Dr. Grossman attended VPI and then MIT, where he received a Doctorate in chemical engineering. After working at Dupont during his first two years out of school, he spent the remainder of his career with Allied Chemical.

Born to a German father and and Virginia mother, he was fluent in German to such a degree that he read and swore in German, but had a well rounded personality and enjoyed painting, gardening, hunting, and collecting regional southern antiques. The collection descended to his daughter, Mary Weisiger Grossman McNeer of North Carolina, and granddaughterVirginia McNeer Callaghan of Mebane, North Carolina, for whom we are representing the pieces.

Corner Cupboard or Bow Fat

Black walnut with yellow pine. Possibly by a member of the Deloney Family, 1780-1790

The cupboard has four fielded panels-- each of the upper two capped by a Gothic arch, and the lower two by an astragal arch. It has a simple cove cornice with a scalloped lower edge. The interior has unpainted yellow pine shelves with straight fronts.

Detail of the elegantly cut scroll feet
The cupboard survives in overall fine condition, with undisturbed primary surfaces and the interior having an early coat of shellac that is now mellowed with age.

FR1105 Corner Cupboard or Bow Fat Price Upon Request

Neoclassical writing or dressing table.

Mahogany and mahogany veneer with original brass hardware; yellow pine secondary throughout. Attr. to Norfolk or Petersburg, 1795-1800

Dimensions overall at top: Height 29 3/8", width 29 7/8", depth 19 3/4".

With label of Seaton and Matthews, Petersburg, Virginia

FR1111 Neoclassical Writing or Dressing Table. Price Upon Request

Baroque turned, stretcher-base table or stand.

Yellow pine with an early coat of colonial Spanish brown paint, beneath a subsequent coat of brown, 1740-1760. Isle of Wight and Surry County, Virginia.

The stand has turned balusters of a distinct design, that swells gently in the middle, then gradually tapers toward each end, where it terminates each end with ring-turned capital or base.

The turnings would be seemingly unique, save for one known excaption: They are nearly identical to the miniature versions of the same design, that appear on the document drawers of a 1750s desk from the "Paneled Prospect Group."

Based upon files from MESDA's Field Research Program, most of the desks in the group, are attributed by MESDA to Surry County, Virginia, one of the wealthier regions of early colonial Virginia.

Detail, turned leg and foot of baroque table

The baluster turnings are close enough in design and execution to the split balusters, suggest that the turner was associated with, or in the neighborhood of, the cabinet shop that produced the desk.

The stand survives in overall fine condition, with an earlycoat of Spanish brown paint. The mortise and tenon joints are slightly loose, and would benefit from an injection of hide glue. It is otherwise in exemplary condition for a delicate southern stand of its early date and refinement. The turned details of the columns and feet are remarkably crisp in light of the piece's age and regional origin.

FR1112 Baroque turned stretcher-base table. Price Upon Request

Corner cupboard or bowfat with paneled doors

The interior has unpainted yellow pine shelves with straight fronts.

The cupboard survives in overall fine condition, with undisturbed primary surfaces and the interior having an early coat of shellac that is now mellowed with age.

Elegantly cut bracket feet mark the base of the cupboard

The cupboard has four fielded panels-- each of the upper two capped by a Gothic arch, and the lower two by an astragal arch. It has a simple cove cornice with a scalloped lower edge.

FR1105 Corner Cupboard or Bow Fat Price Upon Request

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