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Object number

RIF6069

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

26 3/4 x 34 x 25 1/2 in. (67.95 x 86.36 x 64.77 cm)

Date

1750–1790

Current location

Nathan Liverant and Son

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); yellow pine (drawer sides); maple (rabetted blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, (sale held Portsmouth) March 22–23, 2014, lot 646; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

The oblong two-board top has a rounded edge and outset rounded corners, and is secured to its flat-arch-skirted frame with multiple glue blocks, some rectangular, some triangular, some with countersunk screws. The rails of the frame are tenoned and wood-pinned to the rectangular blocks atop the legs. The proper right rail is thrice-wood-pinned to the front legs and twice-wood-pinned to the rear legs. The front bottom rail is twice-wood-pinned to the front legs. There is no top rail in front. The front rail contains a drawer which rests on supports fixed to the side rails with rosehead and other nails. On top of each support is glued a full-depth drawer guide. The lipped, kerf-marked and thumb-molded drawer front meets its slightly shorter, slightly arch-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints having large pins with large half-pins above and below. The tails are reinforced with later nails. The single-board, full-width drawer bottom is parallel to the front, where it is nailed with brads into a rabbet. It lacks runners, and appears to be wood-pinned to the drawer sides above and nailed with brads to the drawer back. The turned, tapering legs end in outset shod pad feet. There are prominent scribe lines on the rectangular blocks atop the legs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, May 6, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Clayton Pennington, "Grant Wood's Original Radical Bring $284,800," Maine Antique Digest (June 2014), 29-C, ill.
Northeast Auctions, Portsmouth, N.H., Spring Weekend Auction, sale cat. (March 22–23, 2014), 126, lot 646, ill.