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Chest-on-chest


Object number

RIF1576

Maker

Maker attributed Ebenezer Allen, Jr., 1755 - 1793
Maker attributed Cornelius Allen, 1767 - 1835
Maker formerly attributed John Goddard, 1723/24–1785

Dimensions

215.9 x 111.76 x 56.52 cm (85 x 44 x 22 1/4 in.); Oculi, interior diameter: 13.97 cm (5 1/2 in.); Oculi, exterior diameter: 18.42 cm (7 1/4 in.)

Date

1785–1790

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in New Bedford, Massachusetts, formerly said to have been made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); mahogany (blocks at top of case, some blocks at interior case bottom, and horizontal blocks on feet); hickory (spring locks); pine (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Upper case: “W[?],” incised on exterior of proper-left upper drawer back; “1,” in graphite, on interior fronts [at proper-right] of drawers in upper case; “4,” in graphite, on interior fronts [at proper-left] of drawers in upper case; illegible graphite [A?], on interior bottoms of upper drawers; mathematical figures, in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-right upper drawer; "B," “C,” and “D[?],” in graphite, on interior bottom of upper long drawers [from top to bottom]; illegible graphite [part of D?], on interior front of lower long drawer; “C,” in graphite, on divider under upper long drawer; “D[?],” in graphite, on divider under middle long drawer ; “1,” in chalk, on proper-right interior side of case top and on adjacent proper-right upper case side; “2,” in chalk, on proper-left interior side of case top and on adjacent proper-left upper case side; “3,” in chalk, on proper-right interior side of case bottom and on adjacent proper-right lower case side; “4,” in chalk, on proper-left interior side of case bottom and on adjacent proper-left lower case side; “1” through “3,” in chalk, on proper-right rear post [beginning at level of middle long drawer and progressing to level of upper drawers]; “4” through “6,” in chalk, on proper-left rear post [beginning at level of middle long drawer and progressing to level of upper drawers]; “Top,” in chalk, on underside of case top Lower case: “1” through “4,” in graphite, on interior corners of drawer fronts and backs [from proper-right front clockwise to proper-left front]; “A” though “C,” in graphite, on interior bottoms of lower three drawers [from bottom to top]; “B,” in chalk, on interior back of second drawer from top; “1” through “3,” in chalk, bottoms of drawer dividers [from bottom to top] and at corresponding heights on rear posts; “1[?],” in chalk, on proper-right case side at level of bottom drawer; “3,” in chalk, on proper-right interior case side at level of upper drawer and on adjacent interior case top; “4,” in chalk, on proper-left interior case side at level of upper drawer and on adjacent interior case top; “2,” in chalk, on proper-left interior case top towards front; “2,” in chalk, on proper-left interior case side at level of bottom drawer and probably on adjacent interior case bottom; mathematical calculations, in graphite, on exterior top of lower case

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Charles R. Morson (died 1929), New York, before 1926; sold to Mrs. J. Amory Haskell (née Margaret Moore Riker, 1864–1942), New York; consigned by her estate to Parke Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, November 8–11, 1944, lot 832. C. W. Lyon, Inc., New York, 1945. Private collection

Associated names

R. W. Burnham
Charles R. Morson
Mrs. J. Amory Haskell
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc.
C. W. Lyon, Inc.

See also


Bibliography

"R. W. Burnham advertisement," Antiques 3, no. 4 (April 1923): 152, ill.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 1, pp. 352, 354, fig. 20.
Parke-Bernet Galleries, Inc., New York, The Americana Collection of the Late Mrs. J. Amory Haskell, Part Four, sale cat. (November 8–11, 1944), 194–95, lot 832, ill.
"C. W. Lyon, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 47, no. 1 (January 1945): 1, ill.
Harold Sack, "Restorations in American Furniture – what is acceptable," Antiques 89, no. 1 (January 1966): 116, ill.
Jack O'Brien, "A New Bedford Masterpiece," Antiques 171, no. 5 (May 2007): 142 –144, 145, footnote 23, fig. 11.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 417, entry 62n12.
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), 59n29.