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Shaker Pine Built-in Dumb-waiter/Cupboard

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2731M
Lot:
77
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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2731M
Location:
Marlborough
Date / Time :
June 15, 2014 12:00PM

Description:

Shaker Pine Built-in Dumb-waiter/Cupboard, possibly New Lebanon, New York, mid-19th century, the rectangular frame with beaded edge enclosing a vertically-sliding paneled door with two recessed, molded wooden panels, opening to a shelved interior, original dark brown stained surface, ht. 75 3/4, wd. 32, dp. 9 1/2 in.

Literature: The Magazine Antiques, May 1979.

Note: In the May 1979 issue of The Magazine Antiques it is reported that this unique piece was "originally built in, it combines an open cupboard with a dumb-waiter: the paneled door at the bottom slides up, and the set of shelves behind it could be lowered to the kitchen below." This article displays the dumbwaiter upside down as its functionality changed. Two similar, though larger, dumbwaiters are still extant in the 1830 Church Family Shaker brick dwelling at Hancock, Massachusetts. The North Family dwelling at Mount Lebanon, New York, also had a dumbwaiter used to bring food up from a cold storage room in the basement.

Provenance: The Andrews Shaker Collection.
Estimate $750-1,250


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Hancock, Massachusetts, Mount, Lebanon, North Family dwelling, food

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