American Classical mahogany clothespress circa 1830-40
molded crown and straight frieze over pair of fielded panel doors and similar door open from sides flanked by flat pilasters headed by corbels on heavy plinth and tapered feet, with stencil of "S. R. Hort."
H87 1/2" W72" D26 1/2"
Provenance: From the estate of Sarah Rutledge Hort, Charleston, South Carolina. Her house on Elizabeth Street was part of the estate of her father, William Hort of Christ Church Parish, and was passed down to her through his will dated 1826. Her will, including three codicils, the last of which is dated 1865, mentions the house and its furnishings.
Literature: 14 Elizabeth Street, Sarah Rutledge Hort House, constructed circa 1860.
The spinster Sarah Rutledge Hort's house, with its high-quality Greek Revival design, exceptional brickwork and large scale, stands significantly apart from its simpler wooden neighbors. Miss Hort acquired the vacant lot at 14 Elizabeth Street, a property formerly held for investment by the planter William Matthews, from one of several short-term owners. With Hort's death at the end of the Civil War the house passed to her executor before its purchase in 1882 by the grocer Henry Bulwinkle, whose descendants owned the property for nearly a century. The gable-ended building with corner quoining and brownstone window sills and lintels follows the side-hall, double-parlor plan popular for the city's larger houses in the antebellum period. The interior of the house features original marble mantels on both floors and several large plaster ceiling medallions.
THE BUILDINGS OF CHARLESTON: A GUIDE TO THE CITY'S ARCHITECTURE by Jonathan Poston, pg. 602.