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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF2991

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker possibly by Daniel Goddard, born 1747

Dimensions

223.52 x 103.505 x 52.705 cm (88 x 40 3/4 x 20 3/4 in.); Diameter, interior of occuli: 13.97 cm (5 1/2 in.); Diameter, exterior of occuli: 17.78 cm (7 in.)

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer liners); chestnut (back of lower side drawers in lower case and sides and back of middle drawer in lower case); eastern pine (bottom of wide drawer in lower case); soft maple (small vertical partition between the two drawers in line in upper case); eastern white pine (some blocks and other small framing elements)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Top drawers of upper case: “2,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side [at back]. Proper-right top drawer of upper case: “D,” in chalk, on interior back; “X,” in chalk, on interior back and proper-left side [at corner]; upward arrow, in chalk, on exterior proper-left side. Proper-left top drawer: “E,” in chalk, on interior back; “3” and “E,” in chalk, on interior proper-left side; “5,” in graphite, on interior bottom. Long drawers of upper case: “2,” in chalk, on the interior proper-right side and back [at rear corner]; “1,” in chalk, on the interior proper-left side and back [at rear corner]. Top long drawer of upper case: “2,” in graphite, on interior bottom of top long drawer of upper case. Middle long drawer of upper case: “3,” in graphite, on interior bottom. Bottom long drawer of upper case: “4,” in graphite, on interior bottom of lower long drawer of upper case. Top drawer of lower case: “5,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side and back [at rear corner]; “4,” in chalk, on interior of proper-left side and back [at rear corner]; “2,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side [at front corner]; other illegible numbers, in chalk, on interior corners; illegible graphite, on interior bottom. Proper-right bottom drawer of lower case: “A,” in graphite, on interior bottom; “5,” in chalk, on exterior back; “2,” in chalk, on interior sides [at front corners]; “3,” in chalk, on interior proper-right side [at rear corner]; u-shaped mark, in chalk, on interior back and proper-left side [at rear corner]. Middle bottom drawer of lower case: “1” through “3,” in chalk, in corners [from proper-right corner counter clockwise to proper-left rear corner]; “C,” in chalk, on interior sides; “B,” in graphite, on interior bottom. Proper-left bottom drawer of lower case: “B,” in chalk, on interior back; “X,” in chalk, on interior front and proper-left side [at front corner]; “2” or loop, in chalk, on proper-right interior side [at front corner]; “4,” in chalk, on interior back and proper-right side [at rear corner]; “2 [crossed out],” in chalk, on interior proper-left side [at rear corner]; crossed out numbers, in chalk, on interior back [at proper-left side]; illegible chalk, on exterior proper-right side. Upper case: “3,” in chalk and graphite, on top of divider under middle long drawer; “1,” in chalk, on interior case sides [at top and bottom]; “2,” in chalk, on underside of board under pediment [at either end]; “John Moore[?],” in chalk, on exterior back. Lower case: illegible inscription, in graphite, on upper surface of top rail.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

By descent in the Greenell family, Newport, Rhode Island; sold John S. Walton, Greenwich, Connecticut, 1948. John S. Walton, Inc., New York, 1973; sold to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Titelman, Georgia; consigned to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, January 31 and February 1–3, 1979, lot 1283; sold to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1979

Associated names

Greenell Family
John S. Walton, Inc.
Mrs. Richard Titelman
Sotheby Parke Bernet
John S. Walton

Notes


Bibliography

"John S. Walton advertisement," Antiques 53, no. 2 (February 1948): 97, ill.
"John S. Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 103, no. 2 (February 1973): 220, ill.
Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (January 31–February 3, 1979), lot 1283, ill.
"Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 115, no. 1 (January 1979): 18.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 295, fig. 7.20–7.20a–b.
Clement E. Conger, Alexandra W. Rollins, and Mary Itsell, Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991), 106, no. 25.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 294n3.