April 21, 2007 09:00 AM EDT Downingtown, PA


Lancaster County, Pennsylvania walnut schrank date

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania walnut schrank dated 1760, the molded cornice over a frieze panel inlaid"Iohanes Spohr A Maria Spohrin anno 1760", with floral sprigs, over a case with a floral carved raised panel, over an astragal panel with tulip, scroll, and star inlay, flanked by linen fold pilasters and double raised panel sides, resting on a lower section with 5 drawers and boldly molded base, 85" h., 66 1/4" w. With its dramatic profiles, fully inlaid fascia, baroque carved panel, and marquetry floral inlay, this piece embodies the height of Pennsylvania German cabinetry. The Lancaster First Reformed Church has a record for the birth of a son to John and Anna Maria Spoor in 1749. They were most likely the original owners of the piece, probably made to signify the building of a new home or other special event. Another related example is illustrated in Lindsey,Worldly Goods, pg. 8, fig. 13. For a nearly identical form lacking the extravagant ornamentation, see the Collection of Mr. & Mrs. Richard Smith, Christie's, June 1995, lot 116.

Provenance:Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Donald A. Shelley, Mrs. Stohler, Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Bill Snyder (Bleak House); Edgar and Charlotte Sittig.

Estimate: $175,000 - $225,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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