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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF2079

Maker

Maker Joiner D, active 1720 - 1760

Dimensions

100.33 x 93.98 x 52.07 cm (39 1/2 x 37 x 20 1/2 in.)

Date

1710–1730

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Birch (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Private collection; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 300

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

The two-piece top is dovetailed to the case sides. The drawer dividers fit in grooves in the case sides; drawer supports butt against them and are nailed to the case sides. Drawer stops (some missing) are glued to the backboard between the drawer supports. The upper small drawers are supported at the middle by a board that is lapped to the drawer divider and to a cross piece at the back of the case; the muntin dividing the two drawers is tenoned through the drawer divider below them. The case back is nailed to rabbets in the case sides and top and to the bottom board from the underside. The two-piece bottom board is dovetailed to the case sides and the feet are glued to it from the underside. The chest probably was originally painted black; traces of black paint remain throughout. Examined by P. E. Kane, October 2006.

Notes

Joiner D used a schematic "D" or hemisphere in chalk on the exterior of his drawer backs sometimes with a horizontal line in chalk across exterior backs of drawers. A number of case pieces have been found with this marking system. This chest of drawers is closely related to RIF2163. Both have ball feet with high narrow necks and small sloped pads.

See also


Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 214, lot 300.