This is a very fine Hepplewhite corner
cabinet of grand proportion with attention to detail and fine inlay
throughout. Note the line inlay molding around the glass mullions.
Note the beautiful skirt, which has a Satinwood Inlaid drop pendant.
The figured crotch mahogany oval panels are simply the best, and quite
vibrant. Also, this corner cabinet was not made with a pediment, but
my guess is that ephemera can easily be put on top, and without a
pediment, the height of the exhibition space is increased, and this is a
very tall, gracious corner cupboard. At this time, Classical tastes
moved away from the pitched pediment that we see in the Chippendale
pieces in the late 18th century, toward a more flat design.
examples are quite rare, and this obviously graced a grand room.
Attribution to Rawson as a likely source is based on the box inlay
molding at the skirt of this piece. There are no breaks or
alterations. It retains its original glass and pine and poplar secondary woods.