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2002.58 (RS32446)

Description

Cupboard. Oak and white pine. Flat top, carved dental pattern along top molding, front features two cabinet doors with carved abstract leaves in center within square frames, inlay decoration consisting of lines of alternating light and dark wood along edges of doors, long carved abstract fern in between doors, painted black baluster turnings on each side, two drawers at center with carved abstract scrolls on front, open shelf with carved dental pattern along skirt. Rests on painted black round ball feet.

Details

Label
"Cherished Possessions": Wallace Nutting began producing reproduction furniture in 1917. At first, his studio made small, readily affordable furnishings such as chairs and tables. In time, Nutting's ambition grew. In 1930, this reproduction “Pilgrim” cupboard, one of Nutting's most expensive pieces, was offered for $645. It is a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century cupboard Nutting had purchased from a member of the Parmenter family in Sudbury, Massachusetts. One hundred years earlier, a family member had cut the base off the cupboard, and thus the bottom third of the reproduction represents Nutting's conjectural restoration.
Highlights of the furniture collection: Wallace Nutting began producing reproduction furniture in 1917. At first, his studio made small, readily affordable furnishings such as chairs and tables. In time, Nutting's ambition grew. In 1930, this reproduction "Pilgrim" cupboard, was one of Nutting's most expensive pieces. It is a faithful copy of a seventeenth-century cupboard Nutting had purchased in Sudbury, Massachusetts.
Maker
Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 (Cabinetmaker)
Date
1920-1930
Inscriptions
Inside Drawer: "WALLACE NUTTING"
Back "WALLACE / NUTTING" (Branded)
Location of origin
Framingham, Massachusetts (origin)
Material
carving (processes)
eastern white pine (wood)
oak (wood)
turning (shaping process)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Framingham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
carving (processes)
Colonial Revival
Cupboard
cupboards
eastern white pine (wood)
oak (wood)
turning (shaping process)
Dimensions
55 1/2 x 54 x 23 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
2002.58
Credit Line
Museum Purchase
GUSN
103761
Exhibition Notes
"Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, July 2003 to October 2005
Reference Notes
Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions," 2003: 380-383, and "Historic New England," (winter/spring 2002): 22.
Related Items
Notes The original cupboard is owned by the Wadsworth Athenaeum.

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