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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF2905

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

228.601 x 107.95 x 52.07 cm (90 x 42 1/2 x 20 1/2 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Westerly, Rhode Island, or made in Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (side of drawers and one drawer bottom); white pine (drawer bottoms and drawer backs of lower case); chestnut (upper section drawer back and lower and uppercase backboards).

Inscriptions

"V" in chalk on the exterior drawer backs of the upper and lower case

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

By descent in a family collection, Rhode Island; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 28, 30–31, 1994, lot 1299

Associated names

Sotheby's

Construction

The backboard of the lower case is tenoned into the legs. The four vertical backboards on the upper case are nailed to the back edge of the bottom boards and fitted to grooves in the top and sides. Source: Observations from illustrations in the sale catalogue.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (January 28, 30–31, 1994), lot 1299, ill.