English Chippendale Antique Hanging Corner Cabinet or Cupboard, Broken-Arch Pediment over Blind Doors, circa late 18th Century c. 1780-1800
Item # 130001GHP27
This is a very fine solid mahogany English Chippendale Hanging Antique Corner Cabinet or Cupboard with a Broken-Arch Pediment, crafted during the last quarter of the 18th Century c. 1780-1800. Of outstanding construction, it features thick planed and carved crown molding along the Broken-Arch, raising the visual plane of the cabinet quite intensely to culminate in a turned finial over a plinth scroll cut of the solid. The sides of the case bevel to soften the edge before joining the wall, these flanking two blind doors.
The doors are constructed using a through-tenon mortised frame locking in the inset chamfered panels, each with shapely scalloped crests and edged by cockbead molding, both functioning smoothly on original brass hinges. Inside of the doors, the original hardware remains untouched, the hand forged iron latch on the left door locking the panel in place, the original steel lock on the right door still in place. The interior is four shelves, all but the second-to-top shelf backed by a silk upholstery.
The back of the case is entirely dovetail construction, the quarter-sawn oak secondary woods locking into the top and bottom boards without the use of nails or screws. Over the years, this has placed some strain on the back-most corners, as the oak is not thick enough to create an indestructible joint, resulting in some light cracking and looseness where the two boards come together. The cabinet is meant to be mounted using multiple screws through the backboards, coupled with the original hanging tabs at the top of the cabinet on both sides.
This is a simply gorgeous antique corner cabinet that can pull together any formal and classically oriented part of your home. It is very flexible and can be integrated into countless design scenarios, from the dining room to the office, the bedroom while also often found in the formal sitting areas of a home. A hanging cupboard like this was designed to display valuable pieces in an attractive and impressive way, while also offering a clean presentation when closed for storage and locked for protection - it is an outstanding mostly untouched period piece for serious collectors and designers alike.
Measurements: 27 1/2" wide corner to corner (measured at the top); 18" deep (not including trim at the top - top depth is 19 1/8" including trim); 47 7/8" high including finial.
Condition Report: Refinished, though quite early finish with a well preserved patina throughout. Good color, clearly protected from sun exposure. Finial is a 20th Century replacement. Both hanging hooks are period, probably not intended to bear the full weight of the case. Left side has two original screws, the right side is missing one screw with one early screw (probably original). Some looseness to the dovetailed corner joint at the back of the case - not currently a concern, but over time this may need to be braced. Numerous holes in the backboards for mounting the case to the wall. All hardware is original (hinges, latch, lock, escutcheons, hanging hooks and most screws) - no key is available and lock is untested. Second shelf from the top inside is missing the upholstered backing.
Item ID: 130001GHP27
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