Soap Hollow Chest of Drawers
Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 1871. Cherry, poplar, and pine; the original red and black painted finish with decorations in polychrome and gilt, as well as five hand painted blossoms on the front (one on the skirt, center; and four in the corners of the stiles). Inlaid escutcheons, iron locks, and original porcelain pulls. Stenciled: "MANUFACTURED BY JOHN SALA" and attributed to his sons John M. Sala and Joseph Sala.
Ht. 57 1/2", W. 39 1/2", D. 21"
Made for Lydia Custer (1853-1925) at eighteen years of age, for the occasion of her marriage (1872) to Jonathan Yoder.
Auction, May 29, 1989, near Harrisionville, PA; consigned by the Custer family.
Morgan Anderson Americana
Joseph and Janet Shein, Merion, PA
Olde Hope Antiques
Pook and Pook, Americana and Internation, October 7, 2017.
Pictured: Muller, Charles R., Soap Hollow, the Furniture and its Makers, pg. 74, and listed in the appendix pg. 88.