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3585T Marlborough
April 1, 2021 12:00 PM - April 12, 2021 07:00 PMCalender

Cherry and Maple Inlaid Half Sideboard

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3585T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: April 01, 2021 12:00PM


Cherry and Maple Inlaid Half Sideboard, attributed to Rufus Norton, Windsor, Vermont, c. 1810-15, the top with bow front and inlaid edge on a case with an inlaid swag and tassel frieze, central cockbeaded deep drawer flanked by bottle drawers and long drawers below, all faced with bird's-eye maple veneer bordered by stringing and mahogany crossbanding, on a base with inlaid band and flaring French feet, replaced oval brasses, refinished, (minor imperfections), ht. 41, wd. 41 1/2, dp. 20 3/4 in.

Literature: Rich and Tasty: Vermont Furniture to 1850, by Jean M. Burks and Philip Zea (Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, Vermont), shows closely related examples on pp. 66-67. There, the pieces shown are described as the "only known works by this cabinetmaker." The present lot is now another. The entry further notes: "the distinctive swag and tassel inlaid frieze, which is an application of neoclassical ornament found on some painted and stenciled interior wall borders of New England houses."
Estimate $6,000-8,000

top with old patched shrinkage cracks, shrinkage cracks to base and small patch to veneer.

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Jean M. Burks, Philip Zea, Rufus Norton, Windsor