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From: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 10 (Alexandria, Va.: Highland House Publishers, 1987), 2604, fig. P5894
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Chest-on-chest


Object number

RIF1101

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 226.061 x 105.41 x 54.61cm (89 x 41 1/2 x 21 1/2in.)

Date

1760-1790

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (bottom of lower case and backboards); yellow poplar (drawer linings, part of backboards of upper case, and some drawer divider backings); white pine (drawer stops, top and bottom of upper case, top of lower case, part of bottom board of lower case, drawer supports and guides, horizontal strip for small drawers and narrow strips above small drawers, blocks on the feet)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"XXI" incised on the backboard of the lower case; inverted "V" incised on the underside of the upper case pointing toward the front molding; "5" in graphite on the underside of the upper case top near the PR case side and "6" in graphite near the PL case side; "Mary Colt [or Cobb]" in ink on one drawer divider; illegible chalk inscription on the underside of the lower case; "Lent by Alfred [torn]/Baker and Talbot/Baker" in ink on a rectangular paper label with canted corners, red borders, and imprinted "[torn] ARTS" glued to the back of the PR lower corner of the pediment. "110.22" in ink on a rectangular paper label with canted corners, red borders, and imprinted "M.F.A" glued to the PL upper corner of the lower case backboard

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mrs. Amos Prescott Baker (née Ellen Talbot Smith, born 1846), Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to her son, Alfred T. Baker (1880–1943), Arlington, Massachusetts; by descent to his son, Talbot Baker (1907–1967), Massachusetts. Mitchell M. Taradash (died 1973), Ardsley-on-Hudon, New York; sold to Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1986 and 1990. C. L. Prickett, Yardley, Pennsylvania, 2012

Associated names

Ellen Talbot Baker
Alfred T. Baker
Talbot Baker
Mitchell M. Taradash
Israel Sack, Inc.
C. L. Prickett, Inc.

Construction

Horizontal backboards on the upper and lower cases are nailed to rabbets in the case sides, tops and bottoms. The backboards on the upper and lower case were once reinforced with a vertical brace nailed to the backboards. The vertical brace pierced the bottom of the lower case. The top and bottom boards of the upper case are dovetailed to the case sides. The joint of the bottom board and the front rail on the upper case is reinforced with three long chamfered blocks. The bottom board of the upper case is two-piece and has a long strip of wood attached to its underside with three rosehead nails at the middle toward the front. This strip keys with an opening between the two battens that are dovetailed to the case side to form the top of the lower case. The space between the battens at the case sides is filled with short pieces of wood. The bottom board on the lower case is two-piece dovetailed to the case sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers to the case sides; the mahogany facings of the dividers are backed with a secondary wood. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half pins at the top and bottom; the drawer bottoms are let into a groove in the drawer fronts and are nailed to the other three sides; runners are added to the edges of the undersides. The tops of the drawer sides are rounded and are almost flush with the tops of the drawer fronts. Continuous strips of wood in the back corners of the case support the drawer supports; drawer guides are butted between these strips and the blocking at the front corners behind the quarter columns. The vertical blocking for the quarter columns continues the full height of each case and is tenoned into the top of the upper case. The drawer supports are half-lapped into the drawer dividers and are nailed to the blocking and strips at the front and rear corners. The guides and drawer supports for the small drawers are supported by a strip of wood that spans the back of the case and is support at the back on the vertical blocking. The muntin between the small drawers is tenoned to the drawer divider and the board at the front of the pediment. Narrow strips of wood above the openings for the small drawers keep the drawers from tipping when open. The ogee-bracket feet are reinforced with vertical blocks that rest against the case bottom; horizontal blocks abut them. The brackets for the rear feet have double-ogee outlines on their inner edges and are slotted into the sides of the rear feet. Examined by P. E. Kane September 9, 2003.

See also


Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 8, p. 2362, no. P5894, ill.; vol. 10, p. 2604, no. P5894, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 130, no. 6 (December 1986): inside cover, ill.
"Israel Sack, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 136, no. 3 (September 1989): 411, ill.
Mack Headley, "Eighteenth-Century Cabinet Shops and the Furniture-Making Trades in Newport, Rhode Island," American Furniture (1999): 28, fig. 11.
Jack O'Brien, "A New Bedford Masterpiece," Antiques 171, no. 5 (May 2007): 145, footnote 17.
"C. L. Prickett advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (January 6, 2012): S-17.
"Talking Antiques: At the Winter Show," Antiques 179, no. 1 (January–February 2012): 72.