Published: December 7, 2021
HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. — Fresh to the market, a Powell family North Carolina Chippendale Masonic walnut corner cupboard attributed to William Seay, circa 1792-96, found favor with bidders at Leland Little’s December 4 auction, outperforming its $80/120,000 estimate to sell for $264,000. Originating in Bertie County and in a one piece-form, the piece featured yellow pine secondary, a broken arched pediment with applied cove molding terminating with rosettes with inlaid gesso five-point stars, double line concave molding to the edge of terminus and a tympanum featuring a central raised ebonized field with an incised spread winged eagle with Masonic emblems. Measuring 111¼ by 55 by 36 inches, it descended in the Lewiston, N.C., Powell family and was acquired by the consignor in 2017. This is the first time this corner cupboard has ever been offered to the public.
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