Rare African-American Folk Art Server / Bucket Bench

Warrenton, Fauquier County, VA.
Circa: 1840
Size: 31 1/2" (w) x 15" x (d) 34" (h)
A rare antebellum, African-American (likely slave) made server or bucket bench. The scalloped shaped top is decorated with a simple, but strong, bright cinnabar green polkadot pattern against a dark brown. The top edge of the scallops is also painted with the cinnabar green. The strecher based bottom tray is a pegged mortise and tenon construction while the top is joined with forged nails.

Provenance: James Kilvington; client of Kilvington's who purchased it in the early 1960s from an old African-American women who said her father, a former slave, had made it.

Condition: Excellent with wear commensurate with age and in-period repairs to two front scallops.

Price: SOLD