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2024 Winter Fine Art, Antiques & Jewelry (Day 1)

Sat, Jan 27, 2024 09:00AM EST
Lot 151

East TN Pie Cherry Pie Safe Attrib. John Wolfe, Sullivan Co.

Estimate: $6,000 - $7,000

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East Tennessee, Sullivan County pie safe, attributed to John Wolfe (Piney Flats, 1810-1891), cherry primary and poplar secondary. Rectangular top over three dovetailed drawers each with brass keyhole escutcheons, locks and turned wood knobs. Cupboard doors each having two punched tins decorated with urns and floral sprays and punched border with a horizontal wooden divider, paneled sides and back, canted base molding transitioning to four turned feet. Tins with a contemporary polychrome paint over an older blue painted surface. 49 3/8" h x 54 3/4" W x 19 1/4" D. Sullivan County, TN. Mid-19th century. Note: For a similar example see Williams and Harsh, "The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture", fig. 189, p.163. Case Auctions sold similar safes in our January 2023 auction, Lot #508, and January 2020 auction, Lot #363.


Very good overall condition with an older surface. Deep gouging to left edge stile. Scattered scuffs and surface abrasions commensurate with age and use. Backboard with evidence of scattered insect damage. Lacking one lock.

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