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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5134

Maker

Maker possibly by Samuel Phillips, born ca. 1750, died 1788

Dimensions

175.9 x 102.24 cm (69 1/4 x 40 1/4 in.)

Date

1745–1775

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); white pine (secondary)

Marks

"Samuel Phil" in chalk on a drawer back; "Made by Samuel / June" in chalk on a drawer bottom; "Philips" in chalk on a drawer bottom

Inscriptions

"Back 2", "3 third ", "4," and "5 Fifth," in chalk, on exterior drawer backs; "A," in chalk, on exterior of drawer bottom; "Rowland," in chalk, on upper proper left drawer side; "C September," in chalk, on a drawer side; other illegible chalk inscriptions

Style

Queen Anne Style

Provenance

Originally by descent in the Villard family, New York. The Levison & Cullen Gallery, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, after 1984

Associated names

Villard family
The Levison & Cullen Gallery, Inc.

Construction

The upper case contains two small and three long drawers, each with lipped and thumb-molded fronts, secured to their drawer sides with dovetail joints, having thick-necked rather crudely cut pins, with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottoms on the long drawers are chamfered at the front, where they fit into a groove in the drawer front, and runners are added at the sides. At the back they are nailed up into the drawer backs. The small drawers have sides fastened to the front with half pins above and below; the lower pin has a rabbet to accommodate the drawer bottom. The top and bottom rails fit into grooves in the case sides. The intervening drawer dividers join the case sides in half-blind dovetails. In the lower case, the straight-skirted back is attached to the sides with dovetail joints, exhibiting crude, thick-necked pins. The top rail and drawer divider join the case in blind joints, and the stiles between the drawers fit into grooves in the drawer divider above. The cabriole legs are of the "detachable" sort, secured into recessed corners of the lower case with vertical rectangular glue blocks. The knee brackets are nailed to the legs with brads. The square-sectioned legs end in slipper feet. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Deanne Levison.