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2: Building Furnishings
Furnishings Domestic Life Boardinghouse
Jose & Hermenegilda Uberuaga Collection
c. 1900?-c. 1930?
This piece was originally accessioned improperly and so the object number has changed from 94.4 to 1994.001.004
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John and Serafina Mendiguren
Uberuaga, Jose Uberuaga, Hermenegilda Mendiguren, Serafina Mendiguren, John Sadowsky, Faye
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Faye Sadowsky
boardinghouse Basque Furniture
A free-standing wood cupboard with three doors and four fixed shelves. Three of the four shelves appear to have been added later, as they are not finished with a stain or varnish and were more crudely cut. Four feet support the cupboard at the front, while the planking on the back extends to the floor negating the need for feet there. The doors are fitted with recessed composite wood panels, but according to an oral history interview done with Luis Arrizabala the doors sported glass panels in the 1920s. The doors are held closed with a spring-loaded latch mechanism (much like a spring-loaded slide bolt that slides into a metal receiver mounted on the jamb). The latch mechanisms are made of metal with decorative details and are finished in what appears to be a black enamel paint. These mechanisms are all missing the knobs that make the latches operable. Each door is supported by three brass-plated hinges. Simple dentil molding is a supporting feature of the cupboard's top which is accented with a decorative rail assembly. The rail assembly is anchored by six finial-topped posts (each post was turned on a lathe to produce a ball-shaped finial). The rail assembly also utilizes a series of lathe-turned spindles (one of the spindles is missing). Toward the middle of the cupboard, the rail assembly rises into an arch that peaks at the midpoint. With the exception of the back and three shelves, the cupboard is darkly stained to a deep cherry or burgandy color and is coated with what appears to be a varnish finish. The back of the cupboard has a 57.25" x 41.75" section that has been painted green. It is surmised that the artifact once stood in front of a window or other opening and that the visible portion of the back was painted to make it more appealing. The style of this cupboard and its date of manufacture has yet to be determined.