North Carolina Chippendale walnut corner cupboard, poplar secondary, attributed to Guilford County. Two piece construction; the top having a stepped coved cornice over two glazed doors with 16 panes and molded mullions and a reeded medial molding; base with cove and reeded medial molding above two dovetailed drawers with brass pulls and a band of reeded molding below, above two paneled doors, and a reeded base molding transitioning to bracket feet with returns. Base top right drawer pencil signed on the underside "Sam Nelson made this cupboard owned by Banks Sharpe's Father". Top: 50 1/2" H x 53 1/4" W x 18 3/8" D. Base: 42 3/8" H x 51 1/2" W x 17 1/2" D. Approx. 93" total H. 1st quarter 19th century. Provenance: Purchased from a home in Guilford County, North Carolina. According to the Mesda Craftsman database and an 1850 North Carolina census report, Samuel Nelson is listed as a cabinetmaker, living in Guilford County, North Carolina, age 49 years old. CONDITION: Overall good condition with expected overall general wear, small losses to edges. Older refinish; door knobs and closure not original; one hinge has temporary pin; lower corner mortise-and-tenon of proper right base door failed; split in lower proper left door panel. Top left door missing one pane of glass.
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