National Gallery of Art - THE COLLECTION
image of Built-in Cupboard and Drawers Built-in Cupboard and Drawers
Rendered by Alfred H. Smith (artist), c. 1937
watercolor and graphite on paperboard
overall: 27.9 x 21 cm (11 x 8 1/4 in.)
Index of American Design
1943.8.16807
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From the Tour: Shaker Crafts from the Index of American Design
Object 12 of 17

Built-in cabinets were a standard feature of most Shaker rooms. By building in drawers and cupboards, greater efficiency was achieved in utilizing available space. Often, built-in cabinets were stained, like these, to provide a contrasting color scheme. The knobs, stained darker than the cabinets, furnish an interesting visual pattern. Rows of pegs lining the walls were another standard element of interior design. Used for hanging items such as chairs in addition to coats and hats, pegs served to keep a variety of things neatly out of the way.

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