Roderic Blackburn, Kinderhook, New York; Vogel Collection no. NVN8.
The remarkable double-raised panel door, kast survives in outstanding condition. It appears to retain its original, thin, pigmented varnish finish with a reddish cast. Kings County kasten makers used mahogany in conjunction with red gumwood. The mahogany is in the applied panels and serves as contrast. The majority of Kings County kasten have interior drawers that served as storage for more delicate textiles such as fine lacework and needlework. For additional information on American kasten, see Peter M. Kenny, Francis Gruber Safford, and Gilbert T. Vincent, American Kasten: The Dutch-Style Cupboards of New York and New Jersey 1650-1800, (New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991).
Appears to retain its original surface, feet, and interior drawer. There are some small age splits visible to the exterior of the case. The proper front left drawer board support rail is lacking. There is a 3" x 1" putty-filled patch towards the back of the molding at the top of the case, just below the cornice, on the proper right side The proper left door panel's left vertical support has been previously cracked and reglued at the junction with the upper and lower hinges. There is a 1/2" by 7" old crack that has been pinned and reglued at the top of the central door panel and a similar old crack (only 3" in height) on the inside, upper corner of the proper right vertical panel, just beneath the hinge.
Secondary wood: white pine.
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