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Chest-on-chest


Object number

RIF114

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

178.435 x 104.14 x 54.61 cm (70 1/4 x 41 x 21 1/2 in.)

Date

1775–1795

Current location

Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island, or made in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary): chestnut and pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"II," in chalk, center front interior of drawer bottom; "X," incised, inside proper right upper case side; "I," "III," the latter with an incised diagonal hatch mark, incised, underside of long drawer bottom

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Probably Mrs. Thomas Robinson (née Jemima Fish, 1761–1846), Portsmouth, Rhode Island, and Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to her son, Rowland T. Robinson (1796–1879), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his son, George G. Robinson (1825–1894), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his brother, Rowland E. Robinson (1833–1900), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; by descent to his wife, Anna S. Robinson (1840–1920), Ferrisburgh, Vermont; given to Rokeby Museum, Ferrisburgh, Vermont

Associated names

Jemima Fish Robinson
Rowland T. Robinson
George G. Robinson
Rowland E. Robinson
Anna S. Robinson

Construction

The single-piece crown molding is nailed to the front and upper case sides with brads. The two-board upper case top is attached to the two-board upper case sides in a dovetail joint with thick-necked pins. The upper case back consists of three horizontal boards, chamfered at the top and at the sides, secured to the case with rosehead (and later) nails in rabbets in the top, sides, and case bottom. The two-board case bottom is attached to the case sides with a dovetail joint, having thick-necked pins of varying configurations. Under the case top are full-depth blocks, fixed to the case sides with rosehead nails, which prevent the upper drawers from tipping. There are longitudinal rectilinear glue blocks behind the top and bottom rails. There is a lateral drawer support with chamfered ends set into grooves in the interior of the case back and case sides for the backs of the small drawers. Lapped into it and the drawer divider below the small drawers, is a transverse medial drawer support, to which is glued a drawer guide for the small drawers. Attached with rosehead nails to the case sides below are full-depth drawer supports. The top and bottom rails are set into grooves in the case sides. The stile between the small drawers is dovetailed into the top rail above and the drawer divider below. The drawer dividers are secured to the case sides with half-blind dovetail joints. The two board lower case top is attached to the two-board lower case sides in a joint (presumably half-blind dovetails) covered by a one-piece molding. The lower case back consists of three horizontal boards, and is chamfered at the edges. The back-boards are half-lapped together (one joint covered by a canvas strip), nailed with rosehead nails into rabbets in the case top and sides, and nailed to the back edge of the bottom board. The upper and lower cases contain two small over three long, and four long, lipped, thumb-molded and graduated drawers, respectively. The drawer fronts and sides are joined with thick-necked dovetails of varying configurations with half-pins above. The two-board long-drawer bottoms, parallel to the drawer fronts, are chamfered at the front and sides, where they fit into grooves, and nailed up into the drawer backs with rosehead nails. The drawer sides have gently arched tops and are slightly shy of their drawer fronts, which are lightly chamfered at the ends. The drawer sides are full-depth, reinforced with horizontal rectilinear glue blocks/runners at the front and back. The base molding is connected to the lower case bottom in part by wood pins, one each above the front feet and one at the center of the case. The backs of the rear feet are simple angled brackets, secured by vertical glue blocks (one missing). Examined by P. E. Kane, May 24, 2008; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.