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  PENNSYLVANIA OR OHIO DUTCH CUPBOARD IN CHERRY, ON MILK BOTTLE FEET, WITH A STRONG, TOMATO RED WASH, BLUE PAINTED INTERIOR, AND INDLAID KNOBS, CA 1835
Dimensions (inches): 82.5" tall x 54.75" wide x 20.5" deep
Description:
PENNSYLVANIA OR OHIO DUTCH CUPBOARD IN CHERRY, ON MILK BOTTLE FEET, WITH A STRONG, TOMATO RED WASH, BLUE PAINTED INTERIOR, AND INDLAID KNOBS, CA 1835:

Solid cherry Dutch cupboard with a strong, Tomato red wash, made ca 1835. The two-piece case has three drawers over two doors on the bottom, resting on turned, milk bottle feet. On the top, two candle drawers flank either side of a pie shelf, under two six-light, glazed doors, crowned by a wide and beautifully sculpted cornice molding.

The interior of the top retains its original blue paint and the surface is excellent throughout. The case and drawers are all hand-dovetailed and the secondary wood is poplar. The blind doors are of split, recessed panel design on the front with nice chamfering on the reverse. The sides are plank on the top and recessed paneled on the lower section. The solid cherry knobs have inlaid ivory or bone, which is an especially fine feature and contributes nicely to the overall appearance.

The form is thoroughly Pennsylvania, but was taken to Ohio by migrating Pennsylvania Dutch. Those moving to the Southeastern corner are known for pleasing designs that rivaled those of the Pennsylvania cabinetmakers. This one was found in Ohio, but could be from either local. The simple, milk bottle feet are my favorite style for this type of rural cupboard. I find them visually superior to both applied bracket bases and bun feet. The style is beefy enough to complete the flow of the design without overwhelming it, and simple enough not to detract from the country form. While distinctly Germanic-American, the feet have a Shaker-like sensibility that is mirrored here in the split, recessed paneled doors, the plank drawer fronts, and the sculpted surround of the pie shelf. The wavy glass is always a plus to lovers of rural-made objects.

All-in-all, this is an excellent representation of the step-back style with great color, construction, form, and surface.

Condition: Minor expected wear throughout with a couple of minor age cracks that have no structural impact. The cupboard is very sturdy. There is a repair to a chip in the lower, left-hand corner of the right-side paneled door (re-glued the original piece). There is a repair at the extreme, bottom, front edge of the plank side of the top, adjacent to the candle drawer. There is professional repaint to this tiny area only (perhaps 3/4" x 3" along the edge of the plank). One of the panels of glass was replaced with an early pane.
   
Primary Color: tomato red
Earliest Date: 1830
Latest Date: 1845
For Sale Status: Available
Price SOLD
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