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Pipe box


Object number

RIF3450

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

19 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 4 1/4 in. (50.165 x 14.605 x 10.795 cm)

Date

1780–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (drawer linings)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

John Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut; sold to Marguerite and Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18, 2008, lot 634

Associated names

John S. Walton
Marguerite Riordan
Arthur Riordan
Christie's

Construction

The serpentine top of the backboard is surmounted by a circular reserve above a circular hole, flanked by serpentine-topped case sides in turn, joined by a serpentine-topped case front. Below the pipe storage well is a small drawer, whose rounded-top drawer sides meet the drawer front in dovetail joints, having a single pin between a half-pin above and a half-pin with rabbet below. The drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is nailed into the rabbet and nailed and glued to the back and sides. Later nails reinforce the dovetail joints. There are prominent kerf marks on the inside of the drawer front. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 14, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Christie's, New York, The Collection of Marguerite and Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut, sale cat. (January 18, 2008), 106, lot 633, ill.