Mahogany Veneer Sideboard, Thomas Day, Milton, North Carolina, c. 1850, the peaked backsplash joining rectangular plinths, on the rectangular top above a central flat-fronted drawer and flanking convex-fronted drawers, above three recessed paneled cupboard doors, all flanked by scrolled supports continuing to feet, (restoration and imperfections), ht. to top of peak 55 3/4, top wd. 67, overall dp. 25 1/2 in.
Provenance: Acquired by the present owner from a Virginia private collector.
Note: Thomas Day was a free man of color and a prolific cabinetmaker and talented architect during the time of slavery, in Milton, North Carolina. Abundant scholarship over the last few decades has revealed an impressive body of work. This sideboard was exhibited in the 1994-2009 traveling exhibition called Sankofa: A Celebration of African-American Arts and Crafts 1790-1930, which travelled to Dusable Museum, Chicago, Illinois; Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans, Louisiana; Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Maryland; Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit; Hampton University Museum, Hampton, Virginia; Tubman African American Museum, Macon, Georgia; and African American Museum of Dallas, Dallas, Texas.
top repinned, five inch full length patch to back of top, shrinkage crack aprox two feet long fron left edge, some missing, loose and patched veneer, poplar and yellow pine secondary.
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