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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF1952

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

205.74 x 98.43 x 51.44 cm (81 x 38 3/4 x 20 1/4 in.)

Date

1750–1780

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (drawer linings, drawer supports of upper case, backboards of upper case, bonnet dust board, tip bars, flat board between scrolls of bonnet, blocks on underside of upper case, drawer guides, and some leg blocks); pine (bonnet backboard, boards of scrolled bonnet top, bottom board of upper case, backboard of lower case, drawer supports of lower case, and some leg blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X,” incised on exterior backs and front corners of exterior sides of all drawers; “X/,” incised on interior drawer sides of uppermost middle drawer; “X/,” on top surface of upper drawer divider under middle drawer; “/,” incised on the interior back of uppermost middle drawer; “//,” incised on interior sides and back of proper-right uppermost drawer; “/X/,” incised on top surface of upper drawer divider under proper-right drawer; “/,” incised on interior sides and back of proper-left uppermost drawer; “X,” incised on top surface of upper drawer divider under proper-left drawer; “//,” incised on the interior back of middle long drawer in upper case; “/,” incised on the interior back of the lower long drawer in the upper case; “/,” incised on interior sides and back of long drawer of lower case; “/,” incised on interior sides and back of proper-right lower drawer; “//,” incised on interior sides of middle lower drawer and interior sides and back of proper-left lower drawer; “//X,” incised on exterior back of middle lower drawer; “X,” incised on exterior back of upper case; “X,” in chalk, on exterior back of lower case; “X” and “///,” in chalk, on exterior bottom of upper case; “1” through “5” [from proper-left to proper-right] [later], in graphite, on drawer supports of lower case and interior case back where corresponding drawer support is tenoned; “RF” [later], in graphite, on upper surface of proper-left leg; “//,” in chalk, on interior backboard of lower case

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Originally owned by Captain Anthony Cole and his wife, Hannah Cole, Newport, Rhode Island, and New York State; by descent (always to the eldest daughter) to Marion Bergan; sold to Eden Galleries, Salem, New York, by 1966; sold to private collection, 1966

Associated names

Captain Anthony Cole
Hannah Cole
Eden Galleries

See also


Bibliography

"Eden Galleries advertisement," Antiques 91, no. 1 (January 1967): 15, ill.