16 - 17 January 2003
A Pair of Federal Inlaid Mahogany Knife-Boxes
Probably American, 1790-1810
Each with shaped, sloping hinged top with central urn inlay on a figured mahogany ground with banded edge, opening to a fitted interior with star-inlaid bottom of lid, above a conforming shaped case with inlaid "pilasters" on front centering a silver shield escutcheon with engraved decoration, on a molded base with ball feet
14in. high (2)
A label on the bottom reads "Mr. Thomas Hillhouse"
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The fine knife boxes are inspired by the designs of Hepplewhite and Sheraton, and are in keeping with English designed knife boxes. See, for example, Thomas Sheraton, The Cabinet-Maker and Upholsterer's Drawing Book (reprint 1972), plate 39.
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