Important Southwest Virginia Transitional Queen A
IMPORTANT SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA TRANSITIONAL QUEEN ANNE WALNUT TALL CHEST OF DRAWERS, dovetailed top with applied three-section carved rope and molded cornice, above a configuration of three over two over three graduated lip-molded drawers which retain their extremely rare original brasses, the case is raised on cut-out scroll feet which are extensions of the sides. Upper two tiers of drawers with spring locks and case with corresponding full dust boards, the lower full length drawers retain their original cabinet locks. Yellow pine, poplar and walnut secondary woods. Outstanding dry dark varnished surface which is very early and possibly original.. Third quarter 18th century. 60" h, 38" w overall, case 35" w x 21" d
Provenance: Descended to the present owner through the Shupe family of Chilhowie, Smyth Co., VA. Further genealogical research is ongoing.
Note: One of the earliest known surviving pieces of Virginia "Back-Country" furniture. While the extremely unusual base treatment of feet cut from the side extensions and without a front skirt appears on several simple Virginia storage chests, it seems to have no parallels in more sophisticated case furniture of the period.
In a remarkable state of preservation, loss of right side upper molding, two drawers only with losses or breaks to top moldings, old repaired break to rear edge of right case side, minor losses to brasses.