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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF284

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

213.678 x 96.203 x 48.26 cm (84 1/8 x 37 7/8 x 19 in.)

Date

1765–1795

Current location

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and sabicu(?) (primary); white pine (top boards of pediment); chestnut (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible chalk, on back of proper-right upper drawer of upper case; “V [pointing towards back] X,” in graphite, on exterior bottom of upper case

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Israel Sack, Inc., New York; Rear Admiral and Mrs. E. P. Moore, Washington, D.C.; given to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1980

Associated names

Rear Admiral Edward P. Moore
Barbara Bingham Moore

Construction

On the upper case: The bonnet top is enclosed except for circular openings in front and a narrow slot on top. The slot is flanked by cornice moldings that continue almost to the horizontal backboard. Medial braces at each side beneath the top boards reinforce the bonnet. The back is two horizontal boards. Nails secure the mid molding to the upper case. On the lower case: There is no top board. The side boards are dovetailed to the back board. Glue blocks secure the legs to the case sides. The tops of the drawer sides are rounded; on the large drawers the grain runs side to side and on the small drawers front to back; the bottoms extend over the sides and backs and have applied runners. Source: Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol.II, Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 247.

Bibliography

American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1989), vol. 9, p. 1123, pl. 15.
Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 96–97, no. 62, Detail on p.168, fig. 62, ill.
Joseph K. Ott, "The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture," Antiques 87, no. 5 (May 1965): 568, fig. 13.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 241–242, fig. 5.29, 5.29a–b.
Morrison H. Heckscher, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Late Colonial Period, The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles (New York: Random House, 1985), 247–248, 363, 365, no. 161.
Harold Sack, "The Development of the American High Chest of Drawers," Antiques 133, no. 5 (May 1988): 1123, pl. 15.
A Walk through the American Wing, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001), 31, fig. 23.
Morrison H. Heckscher, John Townsend: Newport Cabinetmaker, exh. cat. (New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2005), 14, 17–18, fig. 6.