You Say Buffet and I Say Beaufat
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Carved beaufat (or beaufait) from Jaffrey House, Portsmouth, NH / Strawbery Banke Archive
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HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH #91

This ornate cupboard beaufat (or "beafait") once stood in Portsmouth’s Jaffrey House. The built-in corner piece showcased the apex in skilled work by wood carvers and joiners. Considered one of the finest examples of its kind in New England, the cupboard was dismantled and purchased by the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. The house was torn down in 1921.  

 

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Carved beaufat or beaufait, Jaffrey House (c) Strawbery Banke archive

From HISTORIC PORTSMOUTH
Early Photographs from the Collections of Strawbery Banke
by James L. Garvin & Susan Grigg, Peter Randall Publisher
(c) Strawbery Banke Museum . All rights reserved

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Muddy image from the past inside carved beafiat / Strawbery Banke Archive