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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF980

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 162.56 cm (64 in.); Width: 99.06 cm (39 in.)

Date

1700–1725

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Yellow pine (primary); yellow pine (secondary)

Inscriptions

An inverted "V" pointing to the top edge of the drawer with a numeral below in graphite inside the drawer backs

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Florene Maine, Ridgefield, Connecticut. Bonhams and Butterfields, New York, January 22, 2009, lot 1160

Associated names

Florene Maine Antiques
Bonhams and Butterfields

Construction

The bottom of the long drawer is two pieces that run from side to side; the gap between the pieces is covered with laid paper. The bottom of the large drawer fits over the drawer sides and running strips are applied to it; six sprigs fasten the bottom to the drawer back. The drawer bottoms on the small drawers run from front to back and are nailed to the drawer sides.The drawer supports are rabetted into the case back and are lapped to the case front; the drawer guides are rabetted to the case back and dovetailed to the case front. The case back is dovetailed to the case sides. Nails driven from the front hold the cove molding to the case. The top is secured to the frame by rosehead nails through a thin frame glued to the case sides. Examined by P. E. Kane, 2009

Bibliography

Bonhams and Butterfields, New York, American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 22, 2009), 62, lot 1160, ill.