Excellent Walnut & Southern pine Cellarette, its origins ranging from Mecklenburg Co., Va.area to Eastern North Carolina, late 18th Century. Likely a bench made plantation piece.
Figured top slightly larger than box, leaving attractive edge. Hinged lid with light wood inlay to front. Case front with exposed dovetail construction, with one dovetail being attractively halved where the lid and box separate. Front of box with light wood inlay design and inlaid keyhole escutcheon. Box bottom created from one piece of heart pine. Base with applied molding to top edge, pull out serving board, inlaid drawer with likely original pull, and tapered legs with the front pair being inlaid. Original glue blocks. Possible old repairs/replacement to some parts of pull out board. Bottle divider old, but likely not original to piece.
This piece comes from Rose Hill, Yanceyville N.C. homestead of U.S. Senator (1829-1840) and N.C. Senator Bedford Brown (1795-1870). Rose Hill is a historic estate revered for its Thomas Day created fireplaces and furnishings. While it is absolutely possible, we can not be sure that this cellarette was owned by Senator Brown as it may have come to the family after his life. However, another direct noteworthy connection between the Brown family and the piece is open for consideration as the family is not only descended from Senator Brown and his line, but also from the Skipwith family line, descending from the English Skipwith Baronetcy of Prestwould, of which the 7th Baronet, Sir Peyton Skipwith, built the Prestwould plantation/mansion in southern Virginia in the late 18th century. With this in mind, there is some thought that this piece originally came from Prestwould plantation and ultimately arrived through family, or sale, at Rose Hill. 36 1/4" x 22" x 17"