Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements

Nothing is more exciting to us than to find a special one-of–a-kind piece of folk art, especially when it is something as wonderful as the item we are describing here. This hanging cabinet was found in western North Carolina in the Asheville area. It dates from circa 1880 and carries many qualities that are consistent with the western North Carolina location and the craftsman who made it. It is made from what appears to be pine and has been beautifully decorated with a number of different forms. Low-relief carving done in a poppy motif decorates the sides and bottom along with some gilding to add emphasis. Two shelves are built onto the outsides which could be used to display small decorative items – perhaps some good North Carolina pottery. The hinged door has an inserted panel that has a river scene painted on it with a stand of birch in the foreground. It has been suggested that the scene is similar to what would be found along the Swannanoa River or French Broad both of which run through Asheville. Much of western North Carolina was settled by immigrants from Germany and this cabinet strongly suggests that it was made by one of those fine folks. Many aspects of the piece have Germanic design and style characteristics that are similar to what would be expected from this group of immigrants.

The cabinet is quite substantial in size. The shape of the cabinet is unusual since it is not the usual rectilinear form. It could be described as a lyre shape. Behind the two flared sides on the front are the two small shelves mentioned earlier. They would suffice for any small accent pieces that might be placed there. The total length of the cabinet from top to bottom is 25 inches, the maximum width from left to right is 19 ½ inches and the total depth is 7 inches. Inside the storage area the measurements are 10 1/4 inches by 17 inches by 5 3/4 inches.

The condition is consistent with its age and use. The back panels have some splits from age shrinkage. There is a crack running partially across the top front but the wood has not separated and the area is still solid. There is the usual wear on the piece including dings and abrasive action. Gold accent paint is at a variety of locations and some of it has completely worn off. At one time the door had a lock and key which are now gone. A previous owner removed the lock mechanism and replaced it with a knob and turn latch. The brass keyhole escutcheon is still in place. Inside it has the usual stains and is marked up from years of use. A drop-in shelf is in the middle that could be removed if deemed desirable. The wood is consistently pine but some poplar might have sneaked in somewhere along the way. It is definitely soft wood. There are two hanging brackets screwed on the back and they are connected by a picture wire. Either system would work for hanging the piece. The brackets need to be altered a bit to be more secure in hanging the piece. The hanging wire has been working fine for us. The painting on the door is in very good condition and displays well. You will not be disappointed with this cabinet and it will quickly become a centerpiece in your decor.

This is as fine a piece of utilitarian folk art as you will ever find. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to send email. Also, as is always true of purchases from Sweetpea Cottage, YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return the cabinet for any reason we will gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving the cabinet, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price of the cabinet minus shipping charges. Shipping for this item will be $65. We will not be able to ship this item to international customers.

Item ID: AntNCC-819

Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements

Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements
Hanging North Carolina Folk Art Painted Wall Cabinet w/Germanic Elements

Nothing is more exciting to us than to find a special one-of–a-kind piece of folk art, especially when it is something as wonderful as the item we are describing here. This hanging cabinet was found in western North Carolina in the Asheville area. It dates from circa 1880 and carries many qualities that are consistent with the western North Carolina location and the craftsman who made it. It is made from what appears to be pine and has been beautifully decorated with a number of different forms. Low-relief carving done in a poppy motif decorates the sides and bottom along with some gilding to add emphasis. Two shelves are built onto the outsides which could be used to display small decorative items – perhaps some good North Carolina pottery. The hinged door has an inserted panel that has a river scene painted on it with a stand of birch in the foreground. It has been suggested that the scene is similar to what would be found along the Swannanoa River or French Broad both of which run through Asheville. Much of western North Carolina was settled by immigrants from Germany and this cabinet strongly suggests that it was made by one of those fine folks. Many aspects of the piece have Germanic design and style characteristics that are similar to what would be expected from this group of immigrants.

The cabinet is quite substantial in size. The shape of the cabinet is unusual since it is not the usual rectilinear form. It could be described as a lyre shape. Behind the two flared sides on the front are the two small shelves mentioned earlier. They would suffice for any small accent pieces that might be placed there. The total length of the cabinet from top to bottom is 25 inches, the maximum width from left to right is 19 ½ inches and the total depth is 7 inches. Inside the storage area the measurements are 10 1/4 inches by 17 inches by 5 3/4 inches.

The condition is consistent with its age and use. The back panels have some splits from age shrinkage. There is a crack running partially across the top front but the wood has not separated and the area is still solid. There is the usual wear on the piece including dings and abrasive action. Gold accent paint is at a variety of locations and some of it has completely worn off. At one time the door had a lock and key which are now gone. A previous owner removed the lock mechanism and replaced it with a knob and turn latch. The brass keyhole escutcheon is still in place. Inside it has the usual stains and is marked up from years of use. A drop-in shelf is in the middle that could be removed if deemed desirable. The wood is consistently pine but some poplar might have sneaked in somewhere along the way. It is definitely soft wood. There are two hanging brackets screwed on the back and they are connected by a picture wire. Either system would work for hanging the piece. The brackets need to be altered a bit to be more secure in hanging the piece. The hanging wire has been working fine for us. The painting on the door is in very good condition and displays well. You will not be disappointed with this cabinet and it will quickly become a centerpiece in your decor.

This is as fine a piece of utilitarian folk art as you will ever find. If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to send email. Also, as is always true of purchases from Sweetpea Cottage, YOUR SATISFACTION IS GUARANTEED. If you wish to return the cabinet for any reason we will gladly refund your purchase price minus shipping. Within three days of receiving the cabinet, simply notify us by email that you wish to return it. Once we receive it in original condition in a timely fashion, then we will refund the full purchase price of the cabinet minus shipping charges. Shipping for this item will be $65. We will not be able to ship this item to international customers.

Item ID: AntNCC-819

$899 USD

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