Cupboard

Date: 1670–1700

Geography: Made in Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States; Made in Barnstable, Massachusetts, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Red oak, white pine, white cedar, red cedar, black walnut, soft maple

Dimensions: 56 x 49 3/4 x 23 in. (142.2 x 126.4 x 58.4 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1950

Accession Number: 50.20.3

Description

Large, imposing, and expensive, cupboards such as this one were placed in the parlor or hall of a prosperous home and used to store textiles, vessels, and utensils used at mealtime. The serrated moldings and distinctive turnings are characteristic of case furniture linked through family histories to Plymouth County. The applied ornament enhances the overall decorative scheme, with its numerous small, visually separate units of geometric decoration playing off one another to striking effect.

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