Cabinet on Stand
This spectacular example of documented Charleston neoclassical furniture is attributed to Robert Walker (1772 - 1833), a Scottish emigre who was working in Charleston by 1799. It is significant because of its exceptional construction, excellent condition with original attenuated feet and brasses, and handsome use of veneer and inlay.
The attribution is due to the overt stylistic similarity to a labeled Robert Walker wardrobe. According to scholars Brad Rauschenburg and John Bivins, the Cabinet is the earliest example attributed to Walker, whose body of work includes three labeled or signed objects. It is believed to be custom-made as no similar form has been documented. The cabinet would have occupied a public room, housing china, glass, silver and other objects used to entertain guests.
The brass drawer pulls are original.
The cabinet is crafted of mahogany and mahogany and rosewood veneer with ash, red cedar, tulip poplar and white pine.
The surface is decorated with colorful and sophisticated veneer and inlay that rivals the quality of most of the British-style inlay seen in Charleston.
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