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Sideboard


Object number

RIF2083

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 96.52 x 182.88 x 60.96cm (38 x 72 x 24in.)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"No 1," in graphite, on exterior backs of drawers; some with additional inscriptions "X6" "X4" and "X5"; "No 1," in graphite, overwritten with "No 2 / 9/ V," in chalk, on interior of proper left end; similar graphite and chalk, not clearly legible, on interior of proper right end; "Sold and refinished John S. Walton Post Road Riverside CT December 22, 1948"

Style

Federal

Provenance

John S. Walton, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1948; sold to Lillian Rubin Solomon (1900–1994) and Nathan L. Solomon (1898–1975), Englewood, New Jersey, and Palm Beach, Florida; by descent to the Lillian Solomon Trust; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 277

Associated names

Nathan L. Solomon
Lillian Rubin Solomon
Lillian Solomon Trust
Sotheby's
John S. Walton

Construction

The oblong, solid, two-piece serpentine-front, straight-sided top has an inlaid edge and is attached to the case below with screw pockets through the outside face of the case back and the inside face of the case sides, screw pockets in the underside of the top rail, and horizontal rectilinear glue blocks at junctures with the case back, case sides, and top rail. The top rail is dovetailed to the case sides. The vertical stiles which divide the interior are tenoned through the horizontal case back, which is tenoned and wood-pinned (three pins per side) to the rear stiles, continuous with the rear legs. Inside the middle of the case are transverse strips, which prevent the bow-fronted central drawer from tipping forward, fixed to the interior partitions with rosehead nails. Drawer runners and blocking below them are also fixed with rosehead nails. The backs of the pair of serpentine-front doors consist of five vertical laminations. In the flanking compartments are: proper right, three graduated, concave-fronted drawers; proper left, one small and one deep concave-fronted drawers, the lower one faced to simulate two drawers. The drawer fronts are veneered, line-inlaid, and horizontally-laminated. Their cockbeaded surrounds, applied with brads, obscure the dovetail joints between drawer fronts and flat-topped sides. Scribe lines in the outside of the drawer sides are visible. The two-board drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, are chamfered at the front, where they are reinforced with glue blocks, and at the sides, where they are set into grooves in the full-depth drawer sides, and also reinforced with glue blocks. The backs of the drawer bottoms are nailed into the bottoms of the flat-topped drawer backs with a single brad. The square, tapering front legs are line and cuff-inlaid on their outside faces, and end in spade feet. The rear faces of the front central two legs and the rear and inside faces of the back legs are unmolded. Examined by P.E. Kane, October 1, 2006; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 198, lot 277, ill.