Fine Furniture by James Sheppard
CONTEMPORARY TIGER MAPLE HANGING CUPBOARD.
The bold stepped cornice above a raised panel door and single door flanked by hand fluted quarter columns is a stunning sight. Fully hand crafted from beautifully selected figured Tiger Maple, each board and wood moulding hand planed and rubbed to a finish that demands to be felt by the touch of a hand to fully appreciate. I always nursed the dream of rightfully owning this particularly glorious fine cabinet beauty ever since I first saw Jim selecting the wide boards that he had stored for years in a shop. I am now the proud owner. This particular one is the last of 3 Jim crafted from stunningly figured Tiger Maple. It is signed, inscribed and dated "James Sheppard / Tiger Maple # 3 / Green Bank, W. V. / 1-11-06 / MMV I". Circa 2006. Dimensions are: 35" H, 25 1/4" W, 15 1/4" D. This incredible cupboard is a structural replica of the famed Spitler paint-decorated hanging cupboard (see last photo below). Jim Sheppard hand crafted a number of these cupboards in exact detail, both in painted pinewood and figured Tiger Maple.
Provenance:Collection of the late John and Lil Palmer, Purcellville, VA. Purchased from the cabinetmaker in 2006.
Important Shenandoah Valley Johannes Spitler (1774-1837) Decorated Yellow Pine Hanging Cupboard, Circa 1800- Sold $962,500, November 13, 2004, lot 237, for a Page Co., VA estate.