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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF4328

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

72 x 38 x 19 7/8 in. (182.88 x 96.52 x 50.483 cm)

Date

1770–1775

Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Cherry (primary); chestnut (linings of upper drawers, drawer runners, back and bottom boards of upper case, dust board under upper drawers, some drawer supports of lower case, some drawer guides of lower case, and vertical framing elements on interior sides); pine (drawer supports of upper case, some drawer supports of lower case, top of upper case, some drawer guides of lower case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“X,” in graphite, on interior drawer sides and backs; “1” and “2,” on interior drawer sides and back of upper drawers [proper-right to proper-left]; “//,” incised on bottom of divider under proper-left upper drawer; “///” and “////,” incised on drawer dividers under upper two long drawers [from top to bottom]; mathematical figures, in chalk, on exterior bottom of upper drawer of lower case; “3,” in graphite, on interior sides and front of lower proper-left drawer ; “1,” in graphite, on interior front, back, and proper-right side of lower proper-right drawer; “2,” in graphite, on interior proper-right side and back of lower middle drawer; “3,” in graphite, on interior sides and front of lower proper-left drawer; “X,” in graphite, on exterior back of upper case

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Moses Brown (1738–1836), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his granddaughter Avis Lockwood Harris (1802–1892), Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to William H. Harris, Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Anna G. Harris Rose, Providence, Rhode Island; by descent to Julia D. Cushman, Providence, Rhode Island; by gift of Julia D. Cushman and her brother Franklin R. Cushman to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1950

Associated names

Moses Brown
Avis Lockwood Harris
William H. Harris
Susan Gould Harris
Anna G. Harris Rose
Julia D. Cushman
Franklin R. Cushman

Bibliography

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of The Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 15, no. 4 (October 1956): 124–25, no. 18, ill.