Court Cupboard

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1680-1690

GUSN

GUSN-54919

Description

Court Cupboard. Oak with pine back and bottom. Red and black paint. Upper and lower drawers over a center cabinet. Drawer fronts have two rows of short panels. Central shelf behind cupboard doors; Decorative spindles are painted. Rests on front flattened ball feet and straight back feet.

Details

Descriptive Terms

court cupboards
oak (wood)
maple (wood)
pine (wood)
Cupboard

Label

"Cherished Possessions": When a picture of this seventeenth-century cupboard appeared in Clarence Cook's House Beautiful in 1878, it became, perforce, an icon of the aesthetic reform movement in America. Cook preached a return to simplicity and honesty of design; he held that good design should be available to all, and that an artistic life promoted morality and virtue. When it was made, probably in the 1680s, this cupboard would have had an upper case. In the nineteenth century the cupboard was discovered in a barnyard, where it was being used as a hen coop, a fragment of its former self. Cook celebrated the cupboard, so well made that it survived years of misuse.

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Newbury, Massachusetts

Object Type

Furniture

Dimensions

40 1/8 x 48 x 21 3/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Museum Purchase

Accession Number

1949.82

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Newbury (Essex county, Massachusetts)