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STIREWALT FAMILY, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, PAINT-DECORATED YELLOW PINE DIMINUTIVE BOX

STIREWALT FAMILY, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, PAINT-DECORATED YELLOW PINE DIMINUTIVE BOX

Item Description:

STIREWALT FAMILY, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA, PAINT-DECORATED YELLOW PINE DIMINUTIVE BOX, the hinged rectangular lid (retaining remnants of three original leather hinges) over a rectangular case of wedged-dovetail construction, raised on four turned and ebonized feet mortised through the bottom of the case, the edges of both lid and bottom exhibit a rounded profile which extends slightly beyond the parameters of the case. Retains dry, original yellow and black decoration (stenciled and freehand) against a deep red ground with some yellow sponging to edges, case design featuring characteristic eight-pointed "Virginia" star with unusual two-color shading flanked by radiating corner fans and black and yellow dots, lid design featuring central radiating fan design flanked by four eight-pointed "Virginia" stars in black, old pencil inscription to underside of base "SALE OF CECIL PENCE DECEASED / MAY 5, 1959". Illegible chalk inscription to underside of lid. Attributed to Jacob Stirewalt (1805-1869) and/or John N. Stirewalt (1802-1836), New Market, VA. Circa 1840.

Condition:

Outstanding condition with very minor wear. Small spot of white paint to proper left end. Lid detached but present, retaining remnants of all three original leather hinges.

Provenance:

From a Shenandoah Valley of Virginia family.
Purchased at the May 5, 1959 estate auction of Cecil W. Pence, New Market, VA.
Catalogue Note: This chest is one of an important group attributed to the Stirewalt family of New Market, Shenandoah Co., VA that are all linked by parallels in construction, materials, and decoration.
The present box was purchased at the May 3, 1959 estate auction of Cecil W. Pence (1894-1958), New Market, Shenandoah Co., Virginia and has remained in the same family since. Given the mystery surrounding the construction and decoration of these Stirewalt-associated boxes, it is interesting to note that Cecil Pence's grandfather, Ephraim Pence (1834-1876), and great-grandfather, Jacob D. Pence (1805-1881), were both involved in the woodworking business, the former listed as a "cabinetmaker" in the 1850 census, and the latter listed as a "carpenter" in the 1870 census.
The present lot, the Pence family box, stands as one of the finest and best preserved examples of its type to surface on the open market.

Dimensions:

7 5/8" H, 10 1/4" W, 6" D.

Literature:

See Moore and Goodman - "Painted Boxes and Miniature Chests from Shenandoah County, Virginia: The Stirewalt Group", The Magazine Antiques, September 2007, pp. 76-83 for similar examples and a discussion of the group.

AUCTION
$ 20,000.00 ( Low est. )
Lot 1199 in 37th Semi-Annual Americana & Fine Antiques Auction - Day Two
AUCTION DATE: Nov 16, 2019 at 9:30am EST

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