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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF4113

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 186.69 cm (73 1/2 in.); Width, lower case: 96.52 cm (38 in.); Width, upper case: 91.44 cm (36 in.); Depth, lower case: 48.26 cm (19 in.); Depth, upper case: 45.72 cm (18 in.)

Date

1750–1770

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Cherry (primary); cherry (bottom board of upper case); maple (back board lower case and bottom drawer supports); chestnut (drawer linings, drawer supports, strips above upper drawers, back boards, dustboard below small drawers in upper case; strips above top drawer in lower case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Thomas J. Hughes" and "Prov. RI / 1893," in black paint, on underside of top section; vertical line, incised, on outside of drawer sides and some interior drawer backs; "XIIII," incised, on underside of top

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Thomas J. Hughes, Providence, Rhode Island, 1893. Sally Larkin Case. CRN Auctions, Inc., Cambridge, Massachusetts, September 7, 2008, lot 122; sold to Peter H. Tillou Antiques, Litchfield, Connecticut; consigned to Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, August 6–8, 2010, lot 925

Associated names

Thomas J. Hughes
Sally Larkin Case
CRN Auctions, Inc.
Peter H. Tillou Fine Arts
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The upper section has a two-part crown molding over two small and four long lipped, thumb-molded, and graduated drawers, whose fronts are joined to their sides with dovetails, having large, thick-necked pins of varying configurations, with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The tops of the drawer sides are rounded and shy of the drawer front tops. The two-board drawer bottoms are parallel to the drawer fronts, and chamfered at the front where they fit into rabbets. They are chamfered at the sides, where they fit in rabbets and are secured with runners. The top rail and drawer dividers join the case sides with half-blind dovetails, as does the stile between the upper case small drawers. The upper case back consists of four horizontal boards, nailed into rabbets in the case sides. The lower case back is a single horizontal board attached to the rear case corners--continuous with the rear legs--with mortise and tenon joints exhibiting multiple wood pins. In the lower case are one long and small (one shallow, two deep) drawers above a scalloped skirt with two turned pendants. The side skirts are flattened arches. The square-sectioned cabriole legs, which have angular knees and rounded ankles, end in shod pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, August 6, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

"CRN Auctions, Inc., advertisement," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (August 22, 2008): 97, ill.
"Americana and English, including The Sally Larkin Case Connecticut Estate," http://www.crnauctions.com/ (accessed August 31, 2009), lot 122 (September 7, 2008 auction).
Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 6–8, 2010), 131, lot 925.