Cabinet Bookcase

Date: 1770 - 1780

This two-door cabinet topped by a bookcase is an unusual combination of styles. The X-paneled doors on the lower cabinet are an early, basic type of decoration. However, the wooden mullions on the bookcase doors above are arranged in a complex pattern based on exotic Chinese frets, a later style. Chinese bookcase doors were popularized through several published patterns, including Thomas Chippendale’s 1762 book, The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director. Cabinetmakers in urban centers in America and Britain frequently incorporated similar doors into their designs.

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Medium: Cherry and yellow poplar

Dimensions: H: 97 1/2 x W: 49 1/2 x D: 14 1/2 in.

Place: Western Maryland or northern Tidewater region of Virginia

Accession: 0858

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Tidewater

Purchased February 12, 1963 from Israel Sack. Descended in the Pascault family of Easton, Maryland. Illustrated: "Antiques" June 1953, page 472.