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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1362

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 116.84 x 95.25 x 44.45cm (46 x 37 1/2 x 17 1/2in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in New England, Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Birch (primary); white pine (backboards, drawer linings, top)

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, February 24-26, 2006, lot 884

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

The top is fastened to the case sides with half-blind dovetails. On the interior below the top, strips of wood are affixed to the case side to keep the drawers from tipping when open. The drawer fronts are fastened to the drawer sides with half-blind dovetails with half pins at top and bottom; the kerf marks on the drawer fronts are fine and long. The drawer bottoms are chamfered and fit in grooves in the front and sides and are nailed to the underside of the back. The tops of the drawer sides are flat and also flush with the drawer fronts. The middle drawer support for the two small drawers is tenoned through the backboard. The two-piece backboard is half lapped with the upper board resting in a rabbet cut in the lower board. The boards are nailed to rabbets in the case sides.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., New Hampshire Weekend Auction, sale cat. (February 24–26, 2006), 98, lot 884, ill.