Cupboards & Storage 

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If you search Google in search of the  difference between a cupboard and a cabinet you will find the following information:" A cabinet is more like a closet, and might be built into a wall or a separate piece of furniture. Cabinets are typically considered general-purpose storage, while cupboards are more for food and dishes. The two are somewhat interchangeable, and you might say that a cupboard is a type of cabinet." This clarification like so many things I search on the internet of late may help differentiate the terminology between the storage of food from general purpose materials or clothing, yet it does little to convey much about the actual history and nuances between the two, particularly in light of the fact that a closet is something that only came into being within the last 300 years. Before  they became the norm, people of substance stored their clothing and posessions in wardrobes, chests, schranks,  Linen presses and other functional free standing " case pieces and cabinetry. Today more so then ever people seek places to store and protect their worldly goods, and the opportunities to acquire centuries old bench made furnishings of high quality, good design and integrity has never been more accessible to the masses, and yet so very misunderstood. 
 

South Western Ontario Linen Press

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Ontario painted pine linen press with extremely fine country proportions and detail. Although this cupboard was sold as likely from South Western Ontario the feeling and proportions read more Eastern Ontario to my eye. The sofa putty grey brown surface  is more clay than beige in person. This one piece cupboard is relatively small in stature with a delicate finely stepped cornice and sweeping front apron base. Two doors over two drawers  with original turned pulls and two interior shelves with a smaller removable cup shelf in the upper back . The dry undisturbed surface appears to be third quarter 19th Century over an earlier teal blue.
 

Swedish Rococo  Painted Cupboard 

Small painted two piece step back Cupboard 
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This fully restored and unusually compact Swedish painted two part Rococo cabinet, dates to the third quarter of the 18th Century ( approximately 1760). All hardware has been updated too as to be fully operational with locks and keys. The arched upper cornice echos the profile of the raised and fielded panelled upper doors, over a small protruding lower deck and wider base.  Both upper and lower case sections incorporate beautifully curved corners which step out to meet scrolled leaf like feet at the front corners where the cupboard meets the floor. The beautifully shaped raised panels top and bottom hide shelves in both sections. Inside base are two fixed shelves with three in the upper unit. 
Height: 79" / 201 CM  Total 
Depth Lower : 22.5" / 57 CM 
Depth Upper: 15.5"/ 39.5 CM
Width Upper: 42" / 106.5 CM 
 
Width Lower: 45" / 114 CM
 

Large Swedish Rococo  Painted Cupboard 

Architectural  Two Piece Wardrobe step back Cupboard 
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This fully restored and unusually compact Swedish painted two part Rococo cabinet, dates to the third quarter of the 18th Century ( approximately 1760). All hardware has been updated too as to be fully operational with locks and keys. The arched upper cornice echos the profile of the raised and fielded panelled upper doors, over a small protruding lower deck and wider base.  Both upper and lower case sections incorporate beautifully curved corners which step out to meet scrolled leaf like feet at the front corners where the cupboard meets the floor. The beautifully shaped raised panels top and bottom hide shelves in both sections. Inside base are two fixed shelves with three in the upper unit. 
Height: 82" / 208.25 CM  
Depth: 22.5" / 57 CM 
 
Width: 53" / 135 CM
 

Pennsylvania Inlaid Federal Tall Chest   

Late 18th century Walnut Inlaid Tall Chest on Ogee Feet 
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Federal Walnut Inlaid Tall Chest of Drawers, Lancaster County, c. 1800, a flat molded cornice above a veneer bordered with stringing and cross-banding above a case of three thumb-molded short drawers and five long graduated drawers with inlaid stringing and inlaid escutcheons, flanked by stringing and diagonal banding all on a cross-banded base and flaring french feet, old oval brass pulls, warm early refinish with good patination. 
Height:  67 .25 " / 171 CM    Depth: 21.5" / 54.5 CM   Width: 21.5 " / 104 CM .
 
 

French Walnut Marriage Armoire 

Mid 18th century French Figured Walnut Carved Marriage Armoire from Lyon Chateau 
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18th C English mahogany Sideboard   

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A Very small English mahogany Heppelwhite sideboard with string inlay, spade or Marlborough feet. 
 

Quebec Folk Jam Cupboard/ Buffet 

Eastern Townships Thistle Carved Folk Cupboard 
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An extraordinary early folky Jam cupboard from Quebec, believed to have been crafted in the Eastern Townships during the first or second quarter of the 19th Century. This whimsical piece of artistry incorporates numerous elements which indicate a Scottish tradition, with carved thistles and winding vines across the back gallery. The front and sides of the feet and side upper gallery panels have also been carved with reeds, petals and fluting. The configuration does not relate to most drawer and door arrangements with a three drawer, over two door, over two lower drawers, but with one interior shelf provides exceptional storage while being the very embodiment of a Canadian Folk  classic. The dry 19th century chalk white surface is beautifully worn to expose what appears to be an original dark varnish or paint. Crusty, folk perfection.
 

 

New Hampshire Tiger maple Desk   

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A classic New England Chippendale  Slant - Lid Desk , constructed of actively figured tiger maple.  This form is also frequently referred to as a fall front desk or bureau. Although documented at "possibly Massachusets" the use of figured maple was also a popular choice of wood in  New Hampshire during the late 18th century as can be seen in the work produced by the more famous cabinet makers of the time like Dunlap. Original brasses, with an older patinated refinished surface history. Restoration to prospect door.   Provenance: George Samaha, Milan, Ohio, 1968. 

Skinners Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2524B  November 07, 2010 

Height:  44 " /   112 CM 

Width : 39.75" / 101 CM 

Depth : 19 1/2 " / 49.5 CM 

 

Conn 18th C Cherry Chest on Chest  

 Hazzard Family Bonnet Top Chest on Chest 
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Connecticut River Valley, late 18th century, Cherry chest on chest crest with pinwheel-carved and punched terminals and flame finials, with central fan carved drawer and flanking fluted pilasters, original brasses, old refinish, (minor imperfections),

shrinkage cracks, some old replaced glue blocks to base, cracks to plinths, finials original. American 18th century cherry chest was purchased at North east Auctions in at one of their many summer Americana sales. Provenance at the time of purchase listed the piece with association to the hazard family of Connecticut. If in fact this attribution is accurate I believe the piece may have originally belonged to Steward Hazzard, son of Robert Hazzard and Margaret Cook, who was born on May 11 the 1745 in Glasgow, Blanford Massachusetts, and died on June 11th 1833 in Triangle , Broome New York. According to historical records he married his first wife Rachel 9 born Clark) was born on November 24 1745, in Southington, Hartford, Colony of Connecticut, British Colonial America.and lived in Farmington Ct., and Westerfield Mass in 1771, and also in Caughnawaga, Tyron N.Y. to 1777; Southington, Ct. to 1800;Chenango County N.Y. to 1820; Broome County to1830 and remarried his second wife Sibble at some point during these years.

 

Height: 87"/ 221 CM  Lower Case Width: 38 3/4"  / 98.5 CM   Lower Case Depth:  20 1/2" / 52 CM 

Pair of William & Mary  Small Chests 

One of Two Trosby Chests Sussex England 20th Century 
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One of two small William and Mary burl walnut four drawer chests with feather banding, burl walnut top sides and drawer fronts. Solid brass locks and pear shaped pulls. Turned bun feet.
 Fully functional with keys to secure valuables. Hand made by Trosby Furniture Sussex  England.
Late 20th Century. Width 30"/ 76 CM    Height 29" / 73.5 CM Depth 20" / 51 CM  
 
 

Pensylvania Chippendale Chest  

18th Century Cherry Chest with Butlers slide All Original  
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 Pennsylvania Chippendale Cherry Chest of Drawers from Philadelphia, circa 1770 
The molded rectangular top with set back top, which allows the top to be placed directly against the wall allowing room for the baseboard below. All above a conforming case containing four graduated drawers beneath a "butlers slide", flanked by inset fluted quarter columns, raised on ogee bracket feet. A compact example with everything collectors seek.Form, Finish original glue blocks hardware and no restoration.  
Height 34.5" / 87.5 CM   Width: 39.25" / 99.5 CM  Depth :  22" / 56 CM 
 

Eastern Ontario Blind Cupboard  

Exceptional Pine Blind Cupboard from  Lanark in original Surface  
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 Pennsylvania Chippendale Cherry Chest of Drawers from Philadelphia, circa 1770 
The molded rectangular top with set back top, which allows the top to be placed directly against the wall allowing room for the baseboard below. All above a conforming case containing four graduated drawers beneath a "butlers slide", flanked by inset fluted quarter columns, raised on ogee bracket feet. A compact example with everything collectors seek.Form, Finish original glue blocks hardware and no restoration.  
Height 34.5" / 87.5 CM   Width: 39.25" / 99.5 CM  Depth :  22" / 56 CM 
 

Pennsylvania CHippendale  Corner cupboard   

Exceptional Pine Federal Chippendale Softwood Corner cupboard  
 Pennsylvania Chippendale Cherry Chest of Drawers from Philadelphia, circa 1770 
The molded rectangular top with set back top, which allows the top to be placed directly against the wall allowing room for the baseboard below. All above a conforming case containing four graduated drawers beneath a "butlers slide", flanked by inset fluted quarter columns, raised on ogee bracket feet. A compact example with everything collectors seek.Form, Finish original glue blocks hardware and no restoration.  
Height 34.5" / 87.5 CM   Width: 39.25" / 99.5 CM  Depth :  22" / 56 CM 
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Vermont Painted Chest Chest  

Sponge Painted Core Yellow Chest of graduated Drawers  
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French Walnut 18th C Diamond Point    

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18th C Yorkshire   TV cabinet Mahogany Dresser 

The perfect solution for those who want the best of both worlds 
 There is nothing quite like putting your things away   when you have finished playing with them. If you like Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime , but hate looking at a large screen when not in use. this is the answer. This 18th Century Lancashire / York mahogany dresser has been modified to make the screen " disappear" when not in use and the rise  from within the back cavity of this dresser. A top of the line lift system pushes the  screen up  while leaving 2/3rds of the drawer fronts empty for storage of small items for safe keeping. This solid mahogany 18th C dresser provides a solution for those of us who would rather hand a mirror or beautiful artwork rather than an electronic device on our walls. Novel, functional, practical.