Cupboard

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1920-1930

GUSN

GUSN-103761

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

Descriptive Terms

cupboards
oak (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
turning (shaping process)
carving (processes)
Colonial Revival
Cupboard

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.

Inscription

Inside Drawer: "WALLACE NUTTING"
Back "WALLACE / NUTTING" (Branded)

Additional Identification Number

3489

Related Items

Title Accession Number

Maker

Nutting, Wallace, 1861-1941 (Cabinetmaker)

Location of Origin

Framingham, Massachusetts (origin)

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

55 1/2 x 54 x 23 1/2 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

2002.58

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.

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Framingham (Middlesex county, Massachusetts)