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From: Patricia E. Kane, "The Peleg and Lucy Arnold Chest of Drawers," Antiques 169 (May 2006): 126
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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1742

Maker

Maker Peleg Arnold, American, 1762–1825

Dimensions

53 1/2 x 37 3/4 x 19 3/4 in. (135.89 x 95.885 x 50.165 cm)

Date

1786

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Exeter, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary) chestnut (touch latches, bottom board, backboards); white pine (drawer linings); oak (rear feet brackets); yellow pine (central drawer support for the small drawers).

Marks

"PELEG: ARNOLD: LUCY:ARNOLD, HIR DRAWS & 1786" in black paint along the front of the top; PELEG ARNOLD:AD 1786 MARCH THE 22" in black paint along the left side of the top.

Inscriptions

"March. 22 nd [superscript underscored with two dots] 1786." in graphite on one drawer side. "X" in chalk on the inside back corner of one drawer. "XIIII" incised on the underside of the bottom.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Salander Galleries, Inc., Wilton, Connecticut, and New York, 1977. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1985. Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, 1991. Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, 1996; sold to the present owners

Associated names

Peleg Arnold
Lucy Arnold
Israel Sack, Inc.
Salander Galleries, Inc.
Nathan Liverant and Son

Construction

The cornice moldings are nailed to the side of the case and the top rail from the exterior. Half-blind dovetails attach the top and bottom rail and the drawer dividers to the case sides. The muntin between the pair of small drawers is pinned to the top rail and dovetailed to the drawer divider below the drawers. The central support for the small drawers pierces the backboards and is half lapped to the back of the drawer divider; a guide for the small drawers is nailed to the top of it. The drawers are supported on runners nailed to the case sides with cut nails. The small drawers have touch latches nailed to the underside with rosehead nails; a strip of leather cushions the end of the touch latch where it is nailed. The drawer fronts are dovetailed to the drawer sides with a half pin at the top and a half tail at the bottom; the drawer sides are almost flush with the drawer fronts. The drawer bottoms are let into grooves in the front and back and are fastened to the underside of the back with rosehead nail and wooden pins. The dovetails at the rear corners of the drawers are reinforced with wooden pins. The back is comprised of eight horizontal boards half-lapped together and reinforced by three vertical braces, one in the center and one along each junction with the case sides. The case bottom may fit in groves in the case sides and is supported by the vertical blocks behind the feet and the rear brackets on the back feet. The brackets extend across the back of the sides of the rear feet and are nailed to them from the back. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 28, 2005.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 8, p. 2295, no. P5715, ill.
"Salander Galleries, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 112, no. 1 (July 1977): 16, ill.
"Nathan Liverant and Son advertisement," Antiques 140, no. 3 (September 1991): 317, ill.
"Nathan Liverant and Son advertisement," Antiques 149, no. 1 (January 1996): 75, ill.
Patricia E. Kane, "The Peleg and Lucy Arnold Chest of Drawers," Antiques 169, no. 5 (May 2006): 126-127, ill.