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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1948

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

83 x 38 3/4 x 20 5/8 in. (210.82 x 98.43 x 52.39 cm)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

The Henry Ford

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (drawer linings, tip bars for top drawers, flat top of pediment, and guides of upper case bottom); pine (back of lower case, drawer supports and guides, stiles of lower case, glue blocks of legs, bottom boards of upper case, back boards of upper case, and transverse braces and adjacent glue blocks of upper case); yellow poplar (top of upper case, top of pediment [?], and block behind plinth); maple (backings of drawer dividers and of front rail of lower case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Lower case: Mathematical calculations, in graphite, on top of front rail; “V” or “X,” incised on exterior backs of drawers; “X,” incised on interior bottom [at front] of upper drawer; “I,” incised on interior sides, back, and front of proper-right drawer; “L [later?],” in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-right drawer; “I,” incised on interior bottom [at front] of center drawer; “II,” incised on interior back, sides, and front of proper-left drawer; “R [later?],” in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-left drawer; “X,” incised on exterior back of case; “X X,” in graphite, on top of horizontal drawer divider. Upper case: “X” or “V,” incised on interior bottoms [at front] and exterior backs drawers; “I,” incised on interior drawer front and back of proper-right drawer; “L [later?],” in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-right drawer ; “II,” incised in interior back, front, and proper-left of middle drawer; “X,” incised on exterior proper-right side of middle drawer; “III,” incised on interior back of proper-left drawer; “II,” incised on interior sides of proper-left drawer; “X,” incised on proper-left exterior side of proper-left drawer; “V V [one pointing up, one pointing down], incised on exterior back of proper-left drawer; “W” or “M,” incised on back edge of proper-left drawer bottom; “R [later?],” in graphite, on exterior bottom of proper-left drawer; “X,” proper-left exterior side of upper long drawer; “XIII,” incised on divider under top long drawer

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Mr. and Mrs. James O. Keene, Birmingham, Michigan, before 1954; sold to The Henry Ford, Deerfield, Michigan, 1955

Associated names

James O. Keene

See also


Bibliography

Paul L. Grigaut, "A Michigan Collection," Antiques 66, no. 4 (October 1954): 292, ill.
Robert Bishop, How to Know American Antique Furniture (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1973), 46–47, fig. 44.
Katharine Bryant Hagler, American Queen Anne Furniture: 1720–1755, exh. cat. (Dearborn, Mich.: The Edison Institute, 1976), 25, right, ill.