This is a fabulous early Federal Period diminutive server. Made from all white pine, the server has two drawers over tapered legs and a lower shelf. The table top has two silverware boxes with hinged tops set against a backsplash. The server measures 32 1/2" wide by 20 1/4" deep and 28 1/2" tall. The backsplash is 34"tall.
The lower shelf is secured with cut nails and the iron hinges use straight shank screws - helping to confirm a pre-1845 manufacture date.
The charm of this piece comes from the wonderful faux graining and faux line inlay to simulate a high style walnut server with holly inlay. This is further enhanced by hand painted fruit - peaches, pears, strawberries and an apple - on the silverware box lids, table top and drawer fronts. The combination is quite striking.
Structurally, the piece is in excellent condition with only a minor repair to one drawer runner. The top surface had some damage to the paint surface. A later application of shellac has been removed to expose the original painted surface. The paint damage was then professionally restored and the piece was waxed and is ready for normal use.
We found the piece in Massachusetts and believe it originated in Maine or New Hampshire. It is a great example of the New England style of painted Fancy furniture from the early 1800's. The upper drawer is signed R. Bliss.
This piece will require shipment by truck so the costs for packing, shipping and insurance will be quoted at the time of your interest.
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