Cupboard, Oak, maple, tulip poplar with oak and pine, American

Cupboard

Date:
1683
Culture:
American
Medium:
Oak, maple, tulip poplar with oak and pine
Dimensions:
58 1/4 x 49 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (148 x 125.7 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Furniture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund; Sage Fund, by exchange; Sansbury-Mills Fund; Anthony W. and Lulu C. Wang Gift, in honor of Morrison H. Heckscher; and Friends of the American Wing Fund, 2010
Accession Number:
2010.467a–d
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 708
Large two-stage oak cupboards were the most elaborate pieces of furniture in seventeenth-century New England homes. They were used for storing textiles, silver, and other valued objects. Their scale and ornamental richness bespoke the prosperity and status of their owners. This superlative example was made by an unidentified shop in northern Essex County, noted for its complex joinery and decoration, featuring ebonized turnings that freely interpret classical columns and channel-molded drawer fronts with applied bosses arranged in rhythmic linear patterns across their length.
In 1928 the cupboard was published as owned by the collector Philip L. Spaulding of Boston.