East Tennessee cherry press, McMinn County, attributed to the cabinetmaking school of Jacob Fisher. Two part construction, cherry primary with poplar secondary. Top section in cherry with ogee cornice transitioning to a plain frieze over sixteen glazed pane doors. Doors opening to three interior shelves. Lower section in cherry with top edge having a cherry figured veneer band and sides of lower case having inset panels. Overhanging bank of drawers with one cockbeaded dovetailed center drawer flanked by cockbeaded candle drawers with nailed construction. Highly figured cherry veneer stiles in a tombstone design over half-turned stacked-ring pilasters. Lower section with two vertical oriented cockbeaded drawers with nailed construction flanked by paneled cupboard doors opening to one interior shelf. Case rests on four turned legs. Top: 49 3/4" H x 45" W x 14" D. Base: 44 1/4" H x 42 3/4" W x 21 5/8" D. 94" total H. Second quarter of the 19th century. Provenance: Living Estate of Elbert and Elizabeth Willson III. Descended through family members from McMinn County. Note: Press attributed to the cabinet maker Jacob Fisher (working 1837 â 1843) or his son Richard Fisher (working 1837-1850) who lived and worked in McMinn County. Additional note: dovetails of top on upper case appear to have similar angles to dovetails of lower section center drawer and the oxidation on the back of the top and bottom case appear consistent. CONDITION: Older refinish. Lower case with areas of replaced figured cherry veneer on top edge, old and slender vertical patches to a couple of door edges, old age crack to top running the entire width, underside of top with newer reinforcing wooden supports, some replaced drawer supports to lower case. Some looseness to rear legs. Upper case with patches to upper left door hinge on side, front vertical patch upper left case side.
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