110 Stebbins St. Ashland, VA 23005 , United States Call Seller 703.299.0800


Southern Cellarette or Bottle Case on Stand

$ 9,800
  • Description
    This fine Piedmont Virginia bottle case is notable for its small size, the use of mahogany in a rural context, and the refined detail. Standing barely two feet high and sixteen inches wide, the scale represents a distinct regional aesthetic, and though scarce even there, ranging from severely simple walnut (see page 3) to ornamented mahogany, as found here. They suggest that Southern Piedmont cabinetmakers constructed such pieces for the region’s small planters and merchants with a variety of detail.

    The maker took a practical approach to materials when constructing the piece, for this far inland, he had a difficult time acquiring precious mahogany. He constructed the dovetailed box with a solid board of mahogany for the front and each side, yet relied upon local yellow pine for the lid, and the back of the case which he then veneered with mahogany and cross-banding around the peri-meter of all the primary surfaces —thus adding variety to the surfaces, yet concealing the dovetails on the corners of the box, and lid.

    The cabinetmaker chose solid wood for the legs, yet when making the rails that connected them, used mahogany veneer on pine--except for the back, where he left the pine exposed. He likely purchased the veneer, the stringing, and the decorative band of green-and-white diamonds for the legs from a specialist supplier. Chester sully—brother of the noted artist Thomas Sully — was among the best in the South. Born in Britain, he came to Norfolk in the late 18th century, and after a brief career as a cabinetmaker there and in Richmond, relocated to New Orleans, where he focused upon importing mahogany, slicing veneers and making inlays, and sold the products to artisans throughout the southern states.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States, Virginia
    Period: 18th Century
    Materials: Mahogany and mahogany veneer with dark and light wood inlays; yellow pine secondary
    Condition: Excellent.
    Creation Date: 1790-1800
    Styles / Movements: Federal, Sheraton
    Dealer Reference #: FR2017033
    Incollect Reference #: 242137
  • Dimensions
    W. 16 in; H. 29.5625 in; D. 12.25 in;
    W. 40.64 cm; H. 75.09 cm; D. 31.12 cm;
Message from Seller:

Sumpter Priddy III, Inc. maintains superb relationships with an active group of collectors, as well as private and public institutions. Among its clients are the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts; the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; the White House; the Maryland Historical Society; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and Historic Deerfield, Inc.

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