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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF3393

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

138.43 x 93.98 x 50.8 cm (54 1/2 x 37 x 20 in.)

Date

1785-1805

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Eastern Connecticut, or made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary); white pine (drawer sides); yellow poplar (drawer sides and upper three backboards); chestnut (drawer bottoms and lowest backboard); maple (drawer supports)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X" in chalk on the exterior backs of some drawers. A circle and two others each with conjoined slash incised on one drawer side and "IIIX" incised on the interior of the lowest backboard.

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2007, lot 745

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

Only the upper three drawers lock. The two board top is dovetailed to the case sides. The one-piece cornice molding is attached to the case sides and front rail with nails from the exterior. The top rail is rabbeted to the cases sides. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides with rosehead nails and have been turned. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers to the case sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts and back to the drawer sides; on the front there is a half pin at the top and a half tail at the bottom. The grain of the drawer bottoms runs from side to side; the drawer bottoms fit into grooves in the drawer sides and front and are nailed to the underside of the drawer back with three nails.The four horizontal backboards are half lapped together fit in grooves in the case sides and are nailed to the back edge of the bottom board. The bottom board is two piece and is dovetailed to the case sides. The front feet are reinforced with vertical blocks in the corners; the rear feet have vertical and horizontal blocks. The front and back side feet are cut from a single piece of wood. The brackets on the rear feet have angled inner surfaces, are nailed to the underside of the bottom, and but the sides of the rear feet. The brasses are replaced. Examined by P. E. Kane, August 1, 2007.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 3–5, 2007), 190, lot 1745.