AN ASSEMBLED SET OF TWELVE SHAKER OVAL UTILITY BOXES
AN ASSEMBLED SET OF TWELVE SHAKER OVAL UTILITY BOXES
AN ASSEMBLED SET OF TWELVE SHAKER OVAL UTILITY BOXES
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AN ASSEMBLED SET OF TWELVE SHAKER OVAL UTILITY BOXES

VARIOUS SHAKER COMMUNITIES, NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND, MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY

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AN ASSEMBLED SET OF TWELVE SHAKER OVAL UTILITY BOXES
VARIOUS SHAKER COMMUNITIES, NEW YORK AND NEW ENGLAND, MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY
bearing their original surfaces in shades of black, red, green, blue, brown, yellow, ochre and natural finish; box 3 with partially legible graphite inscriptions on underside of lid; box 4 with modern label hand-inscribed Sabathday Lake, Maine and illegible graphite inscription; box 6 with graphite inscription on underside of lid, From Maria Lyman/ Christmas/ 1904.
1 1⁄4 in. high, 3 1⁄4 in. wide, 2 1⁄4 in. high (the smallest); 6 1⁄4 in. high, 15 in. wide, 11 1⁄8 in. deep (the largest)
Provenance
The assembled group:
David & Marjorie Schorsch, Inc., Greenwich, Connecticut
Acquired from above, August 1982

Additional provenance for specific boxes as indicated by labels on undersides (with no. 1 being the smallest and no. 12 being the largest):
Box 5: The Jean Marie McGowan Collection
Box 6: Sister Maria Lyman (1833-1918), Enfield, Connecticut; Greenwillow Farm Shaker Gallery, Chatham, New York
Box 7: The William L. Lassiter Collection, Albany, New York; Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, 13 November 1981, lot 50
Box 8: Joseph J. Smith
Box 9: Found near Pittsfield, Massachusetts in 1972; John Sideli, Malden Bridge, New York
Box 10: Robert Wilkins, Austerlitz, New York
Box 11: Charles Brown; Fred Giampietro Gallery, Branford, Connecticut; J.K. Russell Antiques, South Salem, New York
Box 12: Richard Rasso, East Chatham, New York
Literature
Peter Goodman, Notebook, no. 761.

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Lot Essay

A remarkable assemblage of the iconic swallow tail fingered oval ulitilty boxes, these twelve examples are notable for their original painted or natural-finished surfaces. As identified by David Schorsch in his 1982 invoice, many of these boxes can be attributed to specific Shaker communities from the mid to late nineteenth century. With box no. 1 being the smallest and box no. 12 the largest, these comprise boxes 1, 3, 6 from New Lebanon, New York, box 4 from Sabbathday Lake, Maine, box 7 from Watervliet, New York and box 9 from Hancock, Massachusetts. However, box 6 bears the inscription from Maria Lyman/ Christmas/ 1904 and probably hails from the community of Enfield, Connecticut, where Sister (Sarah) Maria Lyman (1833-1918) was one of the last members. In 1917, she left the community and moved to Watervliet, New York where she died the following year (see Stephen Miller, "The Copley-Lyman Shaker Family of Enfield, Connecticut: An Annotated Genealogy," American Communal Societies Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 2 (April 2007), pp. 51-72; a photograph of Maria Lyman is in the Graphics Collection, The Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford).

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