Pair of large Adam or Hepplewhite revival knife boxes or cutlery urns, each of ovolo form with molded, lift top cover opening to an interior fitted for 24 knives or pieces of cutlery; frieze with carved sheaf of wheat and ribbons over a waterleaf carved lower section, all raised on a tapering circular molded foot. 1st of pair stamped “9” or “6” on top rim of urn, “1” under knife tray, “1” underside of cover; 2nd of pair stamped “1” underside of cover (knife tray not removed to check for stamp). 20 3/4″ H. British or American, late 19th/early 20th century. Provenance: private Nashville, TN collection. By oral history, these were custom made for the home of William Crawford Smith (1837-1899), the architect who designed Nashville’s Parthenon and numerous other Middle Tennessee buildings, including Vanderbilt University’s Kirkland Hall. CONDITION: Each has a shrinkage crack running the length of the side of the lower section, one with additional shrinkage cracks to base. Scattered small losses to edge moldings. The interior trays, rods, and covers have been switched between the two urns.
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