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Chest with drawer


Object number

RIF5676

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

32 x 50 1/2 x 21 1/4 in. (81.28 x 128.27 x 53.98 cm)

Date

1660–1690

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Chestnut (top, bottom of chest, bottom of drawer, and front of drawer); oak (back, ends, front panels, stiles, and sides of drawer); pine (till, middle piece, and back of drawer); paint

Marks

None

Style

Jacobean

Provenance

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before 2012; Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, March 9–10, 2013, lot 124

Associated names

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Northeast Auctions

Construction

The oblong, two-board top is thumb-molded at the front and sides, joined to the top rail of the case back with iron snipe hinges and fitted with later cleats, which are screwed to its underside at each end. The thumb-molding at the front corners is chamfered. The case sides are paneled, the stiles and rails attached to each other with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two wood pins. The panels in the sides are slightly chamfered, fitting into grooves in the stiles and rails. The upper part of the case back is constructed in a similar fashion, with more deeply chamfered panels. Below the back paneling is a horizontal, roughly chamfered board, fixed to the stiles and rails with rosehead nails. Within the case, proper left, is a till, whose hinged lid, when open, supports the chest?s open lid. The bottom of the chest interior consists of multiple boards perpendicular to the front, held together with tongue-in-groove joints. The boards are fastened underneath to horizontal rails by rosehead nails. The upper case front consists of four stiles, each faced with black-painted split spindles, framing decorated panels?those on the left and right having arched surrounds, each centering a single split spindle, the center one having orthogonal molded panels. Under the front panels, a single-piece molding is applied with rosehead nails. Below the molding is a single drawer faced to simulate two drawers. The drawer front is attached to its sides with dovetail joints, each having a single large pin, reinforced with a rosehead nail, with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The flat-topped drawer sides are flush with the drawer front and deeply routed to be supported by, and slide upon runners set into grooves in the case?s corner stiles. The drawer bottom consists of multiple tongue-in-groove boards, perpendicular to the drawer front, chamfered at the front, where they are fixed with rosehead nails into the rabbet in the drawer front, and attached with rosehead nails to the drawer sides and back. The drawer sides and back are attached to each other with rosehead nails. The rectangular feet are continuous with the chest?s corner stiles. Examined by P.E. Kane and W.S. Braznell, March 8, 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Important Weekend Auction, sale cat. (March 9–10, 2013), 46, lot 124, ill.