WINCHESTER AREA, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, FEDERAL CHERRY BUREAU / CHEST OF DRAWERS, the rectangular one-board top with applied edge molding and generous rear overhang above four graduated, scratchbeaded drawers flanked by applied reeded moldings to stiles, solid ends, raised on a fully framed base attached with glueblocks to the case and featuring a serpentine cut-out skirt and modified "French" foot. Retains majority original yellow pine blocking underneath. Old ownership label to interior of upper drawer with McKown name. Yellow pine and poplar secondary woods. Fine old surface with warm color. First quarter 19th century. 38 1/2" H, 41 1/8" W, 21 1/8" D. Provenance: From a West Virginia private collection.
Headley's Auction, Winchester, VA, 2004, McKown family estate, Stephen's City, VA. Catalogue Note: This chest’s history, style, materials, and construction features all firmly align it with a small group of case pieces associated with a presently unknown cabinet shop or network of cabinet shops in the Winchester and New Market areas of the Shenandoah Valley. The skirt and more vertical foot profiles are nearly identical to a chest of drawers, a linen press, a child's chest, and a small spice/valuables chest, all in private collections, and a desk from the Houston family in the collection of The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA. Each of these pieces has a strong Winchester association and exhibits walnut as a primary wood, identical moldings and scratch-beading, distinctive, fine dovetailing to the drawers, and the characteristic framed base construction. Additionally, the discovery in 2009 by JSE & Associates of the signed James McCann desk from the Evans/McCann shop in New Market with remarkably similar style, materials, and construction, including the framed and blocked base, as well as a linen press in a private collection attributed to the same shop, adds another layer of information to that which has already been discovered about the group. Taken in total, all of this evidence points to, at the very least, a distinctive regional cabinetmaking style in the lower Shenandoah Valley marked by the construction of Hepplewhite-style case pieces on a fully framed base with modified French feet, using extensive glue-blocking to secure the frame to the dovetailed case. Research on this furniture group is ongoing.
Very good condition overall. Brasses replaced. Minor repairs to drawer frames.