My mother famously paid $100 for this corner cupboard at an auction in 1958. It was the first major purchase she made for their farm house in Belle Meade, NJ. She loves to tell the story about how her hand was shaking as she wrote the check, because she was so overwhelmed by her big purchase. Needless to say, there were no regrets. This piece has been cherished ever since.
The cupboard dates back to circa 1840 and was hand made from solid cherry in Philadelphia, PA. Never having been refinished, the patina on the almost 200 year old wood is about as good as it gets. I adore my mother for introducing me at a young age to exceptional pieces like this one. Without even realizing it, she showed me an appreciation for beauty, workmanship and history. Many of the pieces she chose were simple, but exquisitely crafted and rich in character.