East Tennessee Cherry  Safe Attributed to John Wolfe (1810- 1891)

Ca. 1840-60  

Piney Flats, Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Tulip Poplar Secondary Wood.


A good example of a group attributed to cabinetmaker John Wolf of Pine Flats, Sullivan County, Tennessee. This sideboard safe form has a rectangular stained Tulip Poplar top over a cherry base with three drawers over two large doors with stylized tins decorated with urns and  sprouting flowers. Base has an applied molding and well turned ball and spike feet.


Provenance: Collection of Mary Jo Case. Exhibited  and pictured in the Art of Tennessee Exhibit Curated by Benjamin Caldwell Jr., Robert Hicks and Mark Scala. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN. 2003. Pictured on page 77.


For and identical safe see the Tennessee State Museum Furniture collection; Tennessee Historical Quarterly Volume LXII Spring 2003 Number 1 page 58,59 and 60. Also see Art and Furniture of East Tennessee The Inaugural Exhibit of the Museum of East Tennessee History  by Namuni Hale Young. 1997. Page 38. There is another safe from the group picture in the Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture by Nathan Harsh and Derita Williams. 1998.page 163.


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