Press cupboard

1710–40


Object Place: Hampton or Hampton Falls, New Hampshire, United States

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 24

Dimensions

124.46 x 102.87 x 46.35 cm (49 x 40 1/2 x 18 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

32.250

Medium or Technique

Pine, maple, painted white, red, ochre, and black

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

This simple cupboard preserves the form of a seventeenth-century press cupboard in painted pine. The flat top has an applied molded edge, as has the shelf below. The front is divided into two tiers of panels and a drawer with all the elements framed by moldings. Only the central panel door od the top two tiers opens, the other panels having a brass drop as an ornament. Each panel is painted with two concentric circles in white and ochre against the red of the case, and the corners of all the panels and drawers have painted quarter circles in white. The turned pillars are painted black as are all moldings, except those of the top and shelf, and the basal molding runs around the sides of the piece. The ends are cut to form the feet and have a central triangular drop, the form commonly called a “boot-jack end.”

The pillars are maple, the remainder is pine. The drawer bottoms and decks run longitudinally, and the back is formed of three vertical planks. The drawer has runners which have been refaced. Two knobs were removed from it. There is an old repair at the right lower corner. The knobs on the two cupboard doors are modern. The paint was thoroughly cleaned and much of the black retouched under Mr. Tyler’s direction before 1932.

Inscription

Three hash marks on outside of the right side of the drawer.

Credit Line

Bequest of Charles Hitchcock Tyler