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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF3399

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

109.22 x 91.44 cm (43 x 36 in.)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut (backboards and drawer linings); white pine (bottom board and blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"4," and other illegible graphite, at centers of interior backs of drawers; "1" or "I," and other illegible graphite, at front interior corners of drawers

Style

Federal

Provenance

Dinah and Stephen Lefkowitz, New York, New York, prior to 2007; consigned to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 3–5, 2007, lot 1090

Associated names

Stephen A. Lefkowitz
Dinah M. Lefkowitz
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The top is attached to a subtop with keyways; the subtop is nailed to the top from the underside. The subtop is dovetailed to the case sides. One piece cornice moldings are nailed to the case sides and the top rail from the exterior. The top and bottom rails fit into grooves in the case sides. The muntin between the small drawers is tenoned into the top rail and dovetailed to the drawer divider below. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers to the case sides. The center drawer support for the small drawers is tenoned through the back of the case; it is half-lapped to the drawer divider at the front. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides and butt the back of the drawer dividers and the case back. The top edges of the drawer sides have a very slight chamfer and the top edge of the drawer back is flat. The drawer sides are the same height as the drawer fronts. The drawer fronts are dovetailed to the drawer sides; there is a half pinat the top and a half tail at the bottom; the kerf marks on the drawer sides are long. The grain of the one-piece drawer bottoms runs from side to side; the bottoms are chamfered and let into grooves in the front and sides and are nailed to the underside of the drawer back with four cut nails. The back is comprised of four horizontal backboards half-lapped together and nailed with cut nails to rabbets in the sides and top and to the back edge of the bottom board. Three glue blocks on the interior front reinforce the joint of the bottom rail and the base. The base molding is fastened to the case bottom and sides with t-headed nails from the exterior. Vertical blocks resting on the chest bottom with horizontal blocks abutting reinforce the straight bracket feet. The rear brackets on the back feet have angled interior edges and fit in slots in the sides of the back feet. 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), 60, lot 1090.