Lot 804
Rare Orange Co, N.C. Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
The back is signed in pencil "Made by Wm. D Carlton 1853", six board yellow pine dovetailed case, hinged lid with applied drop molding, applied bracket foot base with spurs, dark blue painted field with mustard, white and red central floral urn, top edge and front corners with trailing vine decoration, front bracket foot face with stylized star. Exceptional proportions at: 22 x 41 x 16 in.

Estate of the late Dorothy Cooke, Wilson, NC

William Carlton (b. 1823) is listed in the 1840 US Federal Census living in Southern Division, Orange, NC. In the 1850 Federal Census for Orange County, District I, North Carolina he is listed as a Cabinet Maker. North Carolina marriage bonds list Mary Jane Lowe - spouse: William D. Carlton, bond date: 24 Oct. 1842. Reference: AMERICAN FURNITURE 2009, Luke Beckerdite, ed. (Lebanon, New Hampshire: Chipstone Foundation, 2009), June Lucas, "Paint-Decorated Furniture from Piedmont North Carolina" pp. 88 - 139, Figure: 53. Related: A similar chest was sold at Leland Little Auctions on June 18, 2011, Lot 204, "Mary Jane Pearson's Paint Decorated Blanket Chest", now in the permanent collection of Colonial Williamsburg.

Missing lock; break and repair to the original front right foot; right front spur tip missing; right rear original spur lacking paint.

$5,000 - 10,000