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Premier Auction - Session II - February 4, 2023

Sat, Feb 4, 2023 09:00AM EST
Lot 1032

Important MESDA Documented Swisegood North Carolina Corner Cupboard

Estimate: $20,000 - $30,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

attributed to John Swisegood (1796-1874, Davidson County) or possibly Mordica Collins, 1820-1830, a fine example with single case construction, scrolled pediment with carved rosettes, central fluted finial support, arched glazed doors opening to a scalloped shelf fitted interior, flanked by pilasters surmounted by mushroom shaped reeded caps and rope carved quarter columns, over single dovetailed line inlaid drawer fitted with original acorn decorated gilt brasses, over two paneled doors with inlaid kite escutcheons, set on original bracket feet, undisturbed backboards with cut nails, walnut with poplar and yellow pine secondary, 97-1/2 x 49-12 x 21-1/2 in.

Note: Drawer retains MESDA label noting it was exhibited in 1973. See S-2544. 

This cupboard was exhibited in The Swisegood School of Cabinet Making at MESDA and is illustrated in the accompanying exhibition catalog, no. 2, 1973. 

Provenance: Private North Carolina Collection



MESDA files record that this corner cupboard is in "fine original condition", excellent overall, original brasses, rear foot replaced, other feet original with surface bumps and later small nails, breaks and repairs with separation at one pediment scroll, probably old refinishing, upper doors lacking iron lock, otherwise retains original locks and hinges, appears to retain much of its early glass, probably original turned finials