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Chest of Drawers

Belo, Johann Frederick
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
cherry, pine & poplar
HOA 36 1/2; LOA 46 1/2; WOA 23 1/2
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Cherry 4-drawer chest, the top tier divided into two drawers, molded top edge, molded drawer edges, decorated with diamond inlaid keyholes and an inlaid narrow panel at base enclosing a rippling line, the whole supported by four legs which are squared on top and flair outward at the bottom. Mounted with oval Hepplewhite brasses.

Johann Frederick Belo arrived in Salem from the Moravian community of Herrnhut, Germany, in 1806. The unusual form of the feet on this chest and other pieces made in this shop is also seen on case furniture made in Herrnhut.

LABEL NOTES: This chest of drawers is very closely related to the desk-and-bookcase (#252). In fact, it is not inconceivable that the two pieces once stood together, as they do now. Again, the room inventoris from Pennsylvania suggest that the woman would have a chest of drawers for her clothes, while the man used his desk drawers.

This piece shipped to us with a bookcase top which was apparently made at a later date to go with this chest, numbered #943.2. This piece descended in the Vogler-Senseman family. John Vogler’s daughter, Louise Lauretta, married Edwin Timoleon Senseman in 1844. They moved to Illinois or Indiana. This chest was apparently part of the furnishings they took with them, and was returned to Salem by the Senseman grandchildren.

The brasses are probably replacements.
RELATED NAME: Vogler family

Credit Line:
Gift of John H. and June Badger Wilson