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Board chest


Object number

RIF2092

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

58.738 x 128.27 x 48.26cm (23 1/8 x 50 1/2 x 19in.)

Date

1686

Current location

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Yellow pine (primary); chestnut (backboard)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"1686," incised on front of chest

Style

Jacobean

Provenance

By descent in either the Remington or Rhodes family, Pawtucket, Rhode Island to Mrs. Albert Rhodes (née Leila Remington), Pawtucket, Rhode Island; sold to Dr. William Colaiace, Providence, Rhode Island; given to the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 1991

Associated names

Remington family
Rhodes family
Dr. William Colaiace
Leila Remington Rhodes

Construction

On the underside of the single-board case top are three later battens – two transverse, with beaded edges, fixed with a variety of nails to either end; and one longitudinal and diagonal, similarly attached, carved out to fit over the medial divider below. Additionally, two later cleats are nailed to the outside ends of the top. It is secured to the single-piece case back by wrought-iron snipe hinges set just inward of the transverse cleats. There is a trapezoidal indentation on the backboard below the proper left snipe hinge, probably the shadow of an earlier hinge plate. On the top?s back edge, just beyond the proper right snipe hinge, is a shadow of a later hinge leaf; the shadow of its attendant leaf is on the top of the case back below. Just beyond the proper left snipe hinge is a similar shadow, with no corresponding shadows below. The single-board case back is set into rabbets in the single-board case sides, to which it is secured with rosehead nails, some missing. The case front is attached similarly to the case sides; its upper portion is molded and its lower portion is a separate molded strip fixed to the single-board case bottom with rosehead nails. There are rosehead nails in the case front to secure the medial divider within the case. It is also held in with rosehead nails in the case bottom, but not in the case back. Rosehead and other (later) nails in the case sides help secure the case bottom. The feet are formed by V-cuts in the bottom of each case side. Rosehead nails in the back edge of the case bottom secure the case back. Within the upper, proper right corner of the case are shadows of a former till, including routs in the case back and a shadow on the case side. The case front is decorated with geometric incised patterns. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N Johnson, June, 2014; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Robert F. Trent, "New Insights on Early Rhode Island Furniture," American Furniture (1999): 218, fig. 15.