Virginia Cellarette on Stand
American, ca 1810. A cellarette in walnut with yellow pine secondary, with origins attributed to South Boston (established 1796), Virginia in Halifax County (established 1752) at the Virginia and North Carolina border. The case of dovetailed construction with molded and hinged lid, having an open interior, the stand fitted with drink slide and drawer, on square tapering Hepplewhite-style legs with unusual chamfered interiors; oah. 43.25 in., stand wd. 19.5, dp. 18 in.
The cellarette is accompanied by extensive family history related by the consignor, which is the following:
This cellarette, with early Southern history, once graced the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. There are 2 families having association with the chest and the large Waltham reverse painted "Old Ironsides" banjo clock, also included in this sale (lot 179). One is the Lovelace family of Virginia of South Boston, Virginia, and the other, the Tuck family, both with Halifax County, Virginia ancestry dating back to the late 1700s. These two pieces were originally in the Lovelace family and were in the possession of Mrs. Eva Ellis Lovelace Dillard Tuck (the older sister to the consignor's mother, Margaret Lovelace) and wife of William Munford Tuck– noted politician and Governor of Virginia (1946-1950).
Upon departing Richmond after the end of his term as Governor, the personal belongings of the Tuck & Lovelace families that graced the living quarters of the mansion during the “Tuck” term returned to South Boston, Virginia. In the late 1950s, on a trip to South Boston, Virginia, the consignor's mother (then Margaret Lovelace Ressel), while visiting her ailing sister Eva, acquired several items from the “old homestead”, including several pieces of glassware, two arrow back chairs, a Victorian horsehair love seat, the cellarette and the "Old Ironsides" clock. The cellarette and clock were acquired by the consignor, the son of Margaret Lovelace Ressel, in the liquidation of his family’s estate in 1975.
Replaced hinges. Age split to box bottom. Scratches and wear expected with age.