The stepback cupboard with glazed glass doors was a prized and coveted possession of those from the 18th Century. The 12-pane version depicted here was a scarce but handsome example of the simplicity of that era. The 8-pane was the choice of most households and would be most often found at auctions today.
This piece exhibits the exquisite chamfered side and attention to detail the craftsmen of that period so proudly displayed. Stepback cupboards, being almost invariably two-part pieces, have been prone to divorce and remarriage, so that often either the top case or the bottom case would be found with something other than its original mate.