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Nom de l'objet : linen press
Catégorie de l'objet : Furnishings
Discipline : History
Matériaux : wood, pine
Numéro d'accession : 976 017
Pays d'origine : Scotland
Date de fin de production : 1787
Description : George III Linen press or cupboard. The upper section having a moulded cornice with cupboard below containing a central shelf with notched centre, enclosed by a pair of arched panel doors having matching brass escutcheons (one lock real); the middle section with three frieze drawers, each with brass lock and handle; cupboard below with one central shelf with centre notch, enclosed by two fielded panel doors having matching escutcheons (one lock real), upon bracket feet, the whole varnished and painted with stylised grains together with gold initials and date - JW & MO 1787.
Commentaires : The earliest clothespresses were made for men, in particular gentlemen, since very few men had enough shirts and waistcoats to fill the drawers of a press. These were part of the furnishings of all well-to-do homes.
Source: Minhinnick, Jeanne, "At Home in Upper Canada". Clarke, Irwin & Company, Toronto, 1983, p.122.

The initials and date suggest that the piece may have been a wedding gift. The practice of giving a piece of furniture to mark a marriage was not an uncommon practice, it seems, as examples of other such wedding gifts in Upper Canada have been recorded. A tall chest of drawers, made by David Simmerman of Louth Township, was created for Samuel T. Moyer as a wedding chest for his wife. The back of the top centre drawer is marked in pencil with 'For Samuel T. Moyer' and 'by Simm', while the cornice bears the initials of Moyer's wife and the date of the marriage. Another tall chest was commissioned by Samuel Bricker as a dower gift for his eldest daughter, whose initials, along with the date '1826' are recorded on a central plaque along the cornice.
Sources: Webster, Donald, "English Canadian Furniture of the Georgian Period", p.190, fig.234.
(tall chest of drawers at the Royal Ontario Museum, Canadiana), "A Provincial Elegance", fig.172 (RP file).

When the couple became more established, or the style of the piece passed out of fashion, it may have been moved to the kitchen for use there. (NB)
Hauteur : 187.50
Largeur : 134.00
Profondeur : 57.20
Unité de mesure linéaire : cm
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