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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF3609

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

82.3 x 93.5 x 53.9 cm (32 3/8 x 36 13/16 x 21 1/4 in. )

Date

1760–1780

Current location

Yale University Art Gallery

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow poplar (drawer sides, bottoms, back); eastern white pine (partial dustboards, bottom, blocks); eastern red cedar (center portion of slide)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"6 V"(?) or "4 V"(?), in chalk, on exterior back of upper drawer; "4," in graphite, on interior of proper-right side of upper drawer; "V," in chalk, on exterior back of second drawer from top; "5," in graphite, on interior sides of second drawer from top; "V," in chalk, on exterior back of third drawer from top, "6" [upside down], in graphite, on interior of proper-right side of third drawer from top; "X 7" [upside down], in chalk, on exterior back of lower drawer; "7," in graphite, on interior of proper-right side of lower drawer; "Bottom / X," in chalk, on underside of case bottom

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

George S. Palmer, New London, Connecticut; sold to Israel Sack, New York, 1928; consigned to American Art Association Anderson Galleries, New York, October 18-20, 1928, lot 268 (unsold); sold by Sack to Francis P. Garvan (1875–1937), New York, 1929; given to the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, 1930

Associated names

George Smith Palmer
Israel Sack, Inc.
Francis P. Garvan

Construction

The top is a single board attached to the sides with a blind dovetail. The blocking of the drawers is cut from the solid, and in each drawer the sides are dovetailed to the front and back, the bottom is nailed to a rabbet in the front and sides and to the underside of the back, and there are applied running strips. The top edges of the drawer sides are rounded, and there are partial dustboards. The bottom of the case consists of two butted boards dovetailed to the sides; the base molding at the front is flush with the bottom and has glue blocks within. There are horizontal and vertical blocks attached with glue and rosehead nails at each corner, and the rear triangular feet are blind dovetailed to the side feet, with a vertical block behind. Source: Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University, (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery), 137.

See also


Bibliography

Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury, 1st ed., 3 vols. (Framingham, Mass.: Old American Company Publishers, 1928–33), vol. 1, no. 266, ill.
Anderson Galleries, New York, The George S. Palmer Collection Removed from "Westomere", New London, Conn. sold by order of Mr. I. Sack, Boston, Mass., sale cat. (October 18–20, 1928), 124–25, lot 268.
Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York: MacMillan Company, 1963), no. 266, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 70-71, no. 49.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 340, fig. 8.25.
Gerald W. R. Ward, American Case Furniture in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1988), 123, 137–138, no. 58, ill.
Wendy A. Cooper and Tara L. Gleason, "A Different Rhode Island Block-and-Shell Story: Providence Provenances and Pitch-Pediments," American Furniture (1999): 194, fig. 45.