PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ADELAIDE DE MENIL AND EDMUND CARPENTER
Based on surviving documented examples, Watervliet case pieces display several distinctive construction characteristics such as a raised stile on either side of pieces with cupboard doors, a complex cornice molding consisting of a quarter-round or ovolo in combination with a deep cove profile and an astragral, and an arched dovetailed bracket base. Retaining its original red stain, this chest displays the latter characteristics, with a particularly wide overhanging cornice and bracket base that unusually tall and broad.
A similar cupboard and base of drawers made in Watervliet in circa 1830 is in the collection of the New York State Museum in Albany.1 It features a related cornice and bracket base, as well as identical turned knobs. Another example exhibiting these features acquired directly from the South Family Shaker, Waltervliet, in 1939 is illustrated in Community Industries of the Shakers: A New Look (Shaker Heritage Society, 1983): p. 18.
1 See Timothy Rieman and Jean Burks, The Encyclopedia of Shaker Furniture (Atglen, PA Schiffer Publishing, 2003: fig. 293, p. 217.
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