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Cupboard. Painted wood. Plain baseboard. Left portion of lower case consists of lower shelf surmounted by three drawers. Right portion is a cabinet with paneled, hinged door. Lower portion surmounted by three-shelf cupboard with shaped molding on front shelves. Cupboard sides and cornice apron are shaped in series of reverse curves with rounded edges. Heavy, molded cornice. Red stain is later addition.
wood (plant material)
Soon after completing the imposing front addition to their Newbury, Massachusetts house, the Coffin family built this cupboard, designed for the display of the family pewter and the storage of other kitchen objects. The remarkable number of pewter chargers and plates are a testament to the Coffin family's increasing fortunes, but also reflected light back into the room, as the cupboard faces a south window. Its survival, in place, with the Coffin family pewter still displayed, is a remarkable example of the continuity of the Coffin House collection over the centuries.
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.),
89 5/8 x 71 x 18 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
Massachusetts (United States)