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High chest of drawers, upper case only


Object number

RIF1247

Maker

Maker Constant Bailey, 1717-1801
Alternate spelling(s): Constant Baley

Dimensions

85.725 x 96.52 x 50.165 cm (33 3/4 x 38 x 19 3/4 in.)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Black walnut (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

"Maid by Constant Bailey / Shop Joyner in Newport / Rhod Island," in ink, on bottom of one small drawer

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Private collection, Perquimans County, North Carolina; sold to a private collection

Construction

The base molding and feet are mid nineteenth-century additions to the upper section of the high chest of drawers.

Bibliography

Jeanne Vibert Sloane, "John Cahoone and the Newport Furniture Industry," Old-Time New England 72 (1987): 109, fig. 9.
John Bivins, The Furniture of Coastal North Carolina: 1700–1820 (Winston-Salem, N.C.: Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, 1988), 100, MESDA Research File S-12013, fig. 4.9.
John Bivins, "A Catalog of Northern Furniture with Southern Provenances," Journal of Early Southern Decorative Arts (November 1989): 59, plate 14, ill.