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Sideboard


Object number

RIF4634

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker formerly attributed Thomas Howard, Jr., 1774–1833
Alternate spelling(s): Thomas Howard

Dimensions

108.585 x 113.665 x 52.07 cm (42 3/4 x 44 3/4 x 20 1/2 in.)

Date

1808

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Mahogany and mahogany veneers (primary); chestnut (drawer sides and backs); oak (drawer fronts, fronts of the vertical dividers for the cupboard, backing of drawer divider); white pine (drawer bottoms, back of the vertical dividers for the cupboard, backboard, front and rear corner blocks, frame under the top at the back and sides, double brace from front to back at the center of the top); maple (front rail); cherry (backing for doors); yellow poplar (blocks from the frame to the sides and back)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"June 1808" in paint on the backboard

Style

Federal

Provenance

Jess Pavey, Birmingham, Michigan. Christie's, New York, January 21, 2000, lot 173. Edward P. Evans (1942-2010), Casanova, Virginia and New York; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, September 29, 2011, lot 131; purchased by C. L. Prickett, Inc., Yardley, Pennsylvania

Associated names

Jess S. Pavey
Mid-West Collection
Christie's
Edward P. Evans
Sotheby's
C. L. Prickett, Inc.
Edward P. Evans

Construction

The rectangular case has a veneered top with a longitudinal substrate, flanked by transverse battens, and a veneered and line-inlaid square edge. The single-board, straight-skirted horizontal case back is attached to the rear legs by mortise and tenon joints showing no wood pins, and is fixed to partitions within the case with rosehead nails. The single-board horizontal case bottom is chamfered on all four sides and joined to the back, sides, and front with rectangular horizontal glue blocks and to interior partitions with rosehead nails. The tops of the veneered drawer dividers within the case are fitted with small mahogany blocks. The upper, proper right drawer has supports nailed into blocking within the case side on one side, and interior partition on the other, with brads. The proper left drawer is a deep drawer faced to simulate two shallow drawers. The drawer fronts are veneered and line-inlaid. Their cockbeading is applied with brads, and they meet their flat-topped drawer sides flushly with dovetailed joints, having pins of varying configurations, with half-pins above and half-tails below. The single-board drawer bottoms are parallel to the drawer fronts and chamfered at the front, where they are held in place with a full-length glue block, and at the sides, where they are chamfered to fit into grooves in the full-height drawer backs. The square, tapered legs are line-inlaid on the front faces of the front legs only. Examined by P.E. Kane. August 19, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

See also


Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Silver, Prints, Folk Art, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (January 21, 2000), 142–43, lot 173.
Sotheby's, New York, Property from the Collection of Edward P. Evans, sale cat. (September 29, 2011), lot 131.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "Sotheby's, New York City, The Edward P. Evans Sale," Maine Antique Digest (December 2011), 41-A.
Lita Solis-Cohen, "The Americana Auction Season Begins," Maine Antique Digest (November 2011): 11-A.