Eastern United States, New England or possibly Mid-Atlantic, ca. 1800. Pine. Early dark cerulean-blue paint over robins egg blue over salmon, the paint layers demonstrating that it was frequently used, prized, and updated as paint wore. The form is unusual with a carved door, of nine panels, over a lipped drawer. Despite the thin pine-stock, hand-plane marks are quite evident. At UNDER 10 inches tall, this little cupboard likely was intended for use on a tabletop, chest, shelf, or desk. The interior shelf is beautifully shaped, suggesting that it displayed something of importance that was meant to be seen. Ink stains within the drawer indicate that it may have also held writing material. Nailed joinery includes small roseheads on the drawer. Intriguingly, the drawer-front's backside is carved into a semi-round, the drawer bottom similarly carved to receive this shape. The delicate structure, consistent with Federal design, has survived with just small losses, particularly to the drawer's corner molding, while retaining the original hinges, brass pulls, and tiny turnbuckle. Wear to paint as shown. About 9.5 inches tall x 5 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 deep. Provenance includes long ago Robert Thayer.
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