For a chair by the same maker see: The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture by Nathan Harsh and Derita Williams, page 263 and 264, Fig. 377 and 378.
Middle Tennessee Biscuit Table
Giles County. Tulip poplar throughout, dovetailed drawer with bead-board bottom, original thick white marble top (2 in.), interior skirt inscribed "Made for Z(?) W. Ewing, April 27th 1893 at Pulaski Tenn. by W. N. McGraw(?)". Height 31” Depth 24” Width 23”.
Old surface with sun fading, scattered stains and abrasions, two hinge scars on back rail (probably lacking lid).
Scratch inscription on back of top drawer “ GONE HME for one WEAK) Mr. WOODROW. J.P. (Seal) ”. Other inscriptions inside chest are hard to decipher.
A variationofthe well known bandy leg Mason county, Kentucky group of Chests on frame. Inscription on the back of the top drawer as well inside the chest may yield some infomation on the original owner or cabinetmaker.
Condition: Refinished, brasses and brass escutcheons replaced, center section of back boards replaced. Some glue blocks replaced.
Provenance: Note affixed to inside of caseofa Tall case clock from same estate places the clock in the Scott and Vance families at Yarnelton Station, near Lexington, Kentucky.
Height: 47 3/4” Width: 47 1/2” Depth: 22 1/4”
Rectangular built up top over conforming base with crotch cherry butlers drawer, interior reveals central prospect door flanked by pair of document drawers flanked by 4 cubby holes with shaped valances over 4 drawers. Below butlers drawer are 4 strongly figured, cock beaded and dovetailed drawers resting on ring turned and tapering legs. Stilesare inlaid with a vine sprouting from an ebonized triangle. Flush paneled ends.