Cupboard (Court cupboard)

  • Category:

    Furniture

  • Creator (Role):

    Harvard College joiners (Maker)

  • Place of Origin:

    Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, New England, United States, North America

  • Date:

    1670-1700

  • Materials:

    Oak, red; Maple; Chestnut; Pine, white

  • Museum Object Number:

    1957.0551


  • Complete Details



Object Number

1957.0551

Object Name

Cupboard (Court cupboard)

Category

Furniture

Credit Line/Donor

Bequest of Henry Francis du Pont

Creator (Role)

Harvard College joiners (Maker)
See Trent, "The Joiners and Joinery of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, 1630-1670," in Arts of the Anglo-American Community in the Seventeenth Century, ed. by Ian M. G. Quimby (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia for the Winterthur Museum, 1969), pp. 126-33; Trent and Podmaniczky, "An Early Cupboard Fragment from the Havard College Joinery Tradition," in American Furniture (2002), pp. 228-42.

Place of Origin

Cambridge, Middlesex, Massachusetts, New England, United States, North America

Date

1670-1700

Materials

Oak, red; Maple; Chestnut; Pine, white

Dimensions (inches)

54 (H) , 46.625 (W) , 20.125 (D)

Dimensions (centimeters)

137.16 (H) , 118.43 (W) , 51.12 (D)

Measurement Notes

OH at back left corner; OW and OD at top.

Object Description

Web - 01/23/2019

Heavily ornamented court cupboard with applied bosses, half-turned applied decorations and dentil molding. The upper case has an overhanging top, half-turned spindles applied on either side of the paneled central door and two flanking, angled paneled sections. Molding creates x-shapes on the each of three panels. A central case is fitted with a full-width drawer. The drawer front has applied molding that gives the illusion of two side-by-side drawers, each with a single knob and two applied bosses. There is a single shelf below. The cupboard sits on ball feet.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Article] Trent, Robert F., et al. 2001 "First Flowers of the Wilderness: Mannerist Furniture from a North Essex County, Massachusetts, Shop". American Furniture. 1-64.
fig. 18, pp. 14-15
[Article] Trent, Robert F. & Podmaniczky, Michael. 2002 "An Early Cupboard Fragment from the Harvard College Joinery Tradition". American Furniture. 2002: 228-42.
fig. 25, pp. 239-40