Sporting Items, & Marine Art
April 3, 2009 – April 4, 2009
April 7, 2009
EXCEEDINGLY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY SPICE CABINET 1660-1690
In oak with pine subwoods. Paneled door with ebonized and natural moldings resembling the style of South Coastal Massachusetts carving. Door with two vertical and two horizontal recessed ebonized moldings surrounding a central recessed square panel with a natural and ebonized nine-block design. Design consists of a raised molded border forming five blocks in a natural finish, each with a central raised ebonized oval accent. The four corner blocks are separated by four ebonized blocks. Base with carved panel in a serrated design with alternating natural and ebonized finishes, indicative of the style used in the Plymouth, Massachusetts area. Carved sides in a repetitive scroll design with natural and ebonized finish. Compartmented interior with five oak shelves. A truly great find in the rarest of forms for a 17th century cabinet. Height 14½. Width 14¼". Depth 7".
Illustrated in Comstock, Helen, American Furniture. Viking Press, 1962. Plate 73: "Small cupboard or cabinet of oak and pine made in Massachusetts about 1660-1690. The serrated molding is associated with Plymouth. The type, often called a spice cabinet... (Art Institute of Chicago)".
Accompanied by a wood analysis produced by Alden Identification Service.
The Behrend Collection
1946: The Sewall Foundation to the Chicago Institute for Art
Mid-1980s: The Chicago Institute for Art deaccessioned this piece and others through Skinner Inc.
Mid-1980s: Purchased from Skinner by Richard Mecke of Massachusetts
2008: Purchased from Richard Mecke by the current owner/consignor.
Wood Identification: Wood from the door is red oak: "For Colonial Antiques, the live and red oak groups are indicative of American origin..." and "A species in the red oak group was introduced into England in the late 1730s from the Mediterranean Region as an ornamental tree. Its appearance in furniture of the 17th and 18th centuries containing wood of the red oak group is most likely American in origin".
Provenance: Rhode Island Collection.
One door molding is missing. Key escutcheon damaged. The five oval ebonized moldings are replaced.
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