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High chest of drawers, base only


Object number

RIF4313

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

37 1/2 x 39 1/2 x 20 7/8 in. (95.25 x 100.33 x 53.023 cm)

Date

1740–1760

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Inscriptions

“2,” in graphite, on interior proper-right side of proper-right drawer; “3,” in graphite, on interior back of middle drawer; “4,” in graphite, on exterior proper-left side of proper-left lower drawer; “D A,” in chalk, on exterior case back

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Nicholas Cooke (1717–1782), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Dorothy Durfee Medbury (1898–1985), Montreal, Canada; by descent to her daughter Dorothy Durfee Medbury Charters; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1999

Associated names

Nicholas Cooke
Dorothy Durfee Medbury Charters
Dorothy Durfee Medbury

Construction

The single-board scallop-skirted case sides meet the single-board, straight-skirted case back in dovetail joints having short thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. Some tails are reinforced with later nails; the rear legs are reinforced with later screws. The top rail and the drawer divider below are set into grooves in the case sides and front stiles. Supports for the upper drawer are set into grooves in the backboard and half-lapped to the drawer divider below. The upper drawer has one (probably later) medial support on the proper right side. Medial drawer guides for the lower drawers are set into grooves in the backboard and tenoned and double-wood-pinned to the vertical supports between the three lower drawers. These vertical supports are set into grooves in the drawer divider above and further secured by vertical quarter round glue blocks (one missing) with chamfered ends. Their vertical supports have diagonal bottoms with chamfered edges. Supports for the central small drawer are nailed with brads to their inside faces. Supports for the lower drawers are set into grooves in the backboard and half-lapped to the skirt board. Guides for the lower drawers are cut out to fit around the glue blocks between the case sides and the tops of the ?detachable? legs. The guides are also nailed to the blocks and glued to the case sides. There is a small block nearly half-round in plan, with incurvate sides echoing the scalloped skirt board, supporting the middle small drawer support. Below it is a turned acorn-shaped drop. The drawer-fronts in the case are lipped, thumb-molded and line-inlaid. The upper one meets its slightly shorter, round-topped sides in dovetail joints having small pins with half-pins above and half-pins with grooves below. The tails are reinforced with modern brads. The drawer bottom is flat, parallel to the front, and full-width, with later nailed-on runners. It is nailed to its drawer back with later brads. The kerf-marked small-drawer fronts meet their sides in dovetail joints with large, thick-necked pins, with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The bottoms are perpendicular to the front and full-width, nailed with brads to the elements above. The legs have knee brackets (the proper left front one is missing), angular knees, and are square-sectioned down to their rounded ankles. The rear legs project beyond the case back. The tops of the slipper feet are not ridged. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 18, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.