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Chest-on-chest


Object number

RIF1079

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

241.301 x 113.03 x 58.42cm (95 x 44 1/2 x 23in.)

Date

1770–1795

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (vertical blocks on front feet and proper-left rear foot); chestnut (drawer linings, horizontal braces for drawer supports, drawer support for bottom drawer of upper case, board under pediment, block behind vertical divider between two upper drawers, drawer guides of upper and lower case, brackets of rear feet, horizontal blocks on feet, back boards of upper and lower cases, and drawer stops of lower case); pine (backs of drawer dividers, most drawer supports of upper and lower case, tip bar for upper drawers, and top boards of pediment[?])

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Upper case: “A,” in graphite, on interior bottom of proper-right upper drawer; “B,” on exterior back of proper-right upper drawer; “4 ,” in chalk, on exterior of proper-right side of proper-left upper drawer; “Bottom,” in graphite, on interior bottom of proper-left upper drawer; “2,” in graphite, on interior back of proper-left upper drawer; “2” and “25 / 2[?],” in graphite, on interior front of proper-left upper drawer; “B,” in graphite, on exterior back of proper-left upper drawer; “3 ,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side of case at level of upper drawers; “4 ” and “B,” in chalk, on exterior back of upper long drawer; “4 ,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side of case (at level of upper long drawer); “5 1/4” and “B,” in chalk, on exterior back of second long drawer from top; “5 ,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side of case (at level of second long drawer from top); “B[?]T,” in graphite, on interior bottom of second long drawer from top; “7” and “B,” in chalk, on exterior back of third long drawer from top; “6 ,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side of case (at level of third long drawer from top); “8” and “B,” in graphite, on exterior back of lower long drawer; “7,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side of case (at level of lower drawer); A X,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under proper-right upper drawer; “2,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under proper-left upper drawer; “B” and loop, in graphite, on top of drawer divider under upper long drawer; “X C,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under second long drawer from top; “3” and loop, in graphite, on interior of proper-right vertical rail (at level of second drawer from top); loop, in graphite, on interior of proper-left vertical rail (at level of second drawer from top); “ “D[?] X,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under third long drawer from top Lower case: “6” and “B,” in chalk, on exterior back of upper drawer; “Bottom,” in graphite, on interior bottom of lower drawer; “6 1/[?],” in chalk, on interior proper-left side of case at level of upper drawer; “A,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under upper drawer; “7 B,” in chalk, on exterior back of second drawer from top; “Bottom[?],” incised on interior bottom of second drawer from top; “B [?],” in graphite, on top of divider under second drawer from top; “7 ,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side of case at level of second drawer from top; “7 B,” in chalk, on exterior back of third drawer from top; “Bottom[?],” incised on interior bottom of third drawer from top; “3” and “C,” in graphite, on top of drawer divider under third drawer from top; “8,” on interior proper-left side of case (at level of third drawer from top); “8 B,” in chalk, on exterior back of bottom drawer; “9,” on interior proper-left side of case (at level of bottom drawer)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Brown (1736–1803), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his grandson, John Brown Francis Herreshoff (1850–1932) New York; by descent in 1932 to his son, Norman Herreshoff (1903–1990), Bristol, Rhode Island; given to Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1984

Associated names

John Nicholas Brown
John Brown Francis Herreshoff Esq.
Norman Herreshoff

See also


Bibliography

Frances Clary Morse, Furniture of the Olden Time (New York: MacMillan Company, 1926), 32–34, illus.21, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Discoveries in Newport Furniture and Silver," Antiques 68, no. 1 (July 1955): 46–47, fig. 6.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), 183, fig. 305.
Wendy A. Cooper, "The Purchase of Furniture and Furnishings by John Brown, Providence Merchant, Part 1: 1760–1788," Antiques 103, no. 2 (February 1973): 332, fig. 8.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 455n4.