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Chest-on-chest


Object number

RIF1885

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 183.515 x 92.075 x 45.72cm (72 1/4 x 36 1/4 x 18in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple with mahoganized surface (primary); white pine (drawer linings, top and bottom boards, blocks, some drawer supports) ; yellow pine (some drawer supports)

Inscriptions

"Little" inscribed in graphite three times, once on top long drawer and twice on second long drawer from the top. "R" in graphite on the back of one small drawer. "X" incised inside of the backs of some of the drawers. "2" and "3" in graphite near the front corner on the sides of the two uppermost long drawers.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

The Bristol family, Jamestown, Rhode Island. John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut. Private collection, Connecticut. Wayne Pratt, Inc., Woodbury, Connecticut; sold to the present owners, 1993

Associated names

Bristol family
John Walton, Inc.
Wayne Pratt, Inc.

Construction

The top board is one piece and the two piece cornice molding is fastened to it and the sides with T-headed nails. The bottom board of the upper case is one board. The upper case sides are single boards with strips applied on the inside of the case at the junction of the top and sides to keep the uppper drawers from tipping when open. The muntin between the top drawers pierces the top of the case. The drawer dividers are attached to the case sides with exposed dovetails. The rail at the bottom of the lower case fits in a groove in the case sides and is nailed to the bottom board with two nails. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides with two rosehead nails each. The drawer supports for the two upper small drawers are tenoned through the back of the case. Three backboards on the upper case are horizontal with two half lapped joints between them and are fastened with rosehead nails to rabbets in the case sides and case top. Two hoizontal backboards on the lower case have a half lap joint and are fastened with rosehead nails to rabbets in the case sides. The top of the lower case is a single board and the bottom of the lower case is two piece; they are dovetailed to the case sides. The drawer sides are dovetailed to the drawer fronts with dovetails of average angle; the kerf marks on the interior of the drawer fronts are short and fine; the tops of the drawer sides are flat with slight chamfers and are almost as high as the drawer fronts. The drawer bottoms fit in rabbets in the drawer sides and front and are nailed with three rosehead nails to the underside of the drawer backs; strips are glued to the junction of the drawer sides and bottom. The feet have vertical glue blocks; the rear bracket for the back feet butts the side of the rear feet, is angled and nailed to the underside of the case. The original brasses are fastened through holes counter bored on the interior of the drawer fronts. Examined by P.E. Kane August 3, 2006.