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.
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
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.
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.
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
Photography by Dennis Waters