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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


93 1/2 39 21 1/2 in. (237.491 99.06 54.61 cm)



Current location



Possibly made in South Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); yellow poplar (backboards, bonnet structure, drawer sides, drawer supports, drawer guides); white pine (drawer bottoms)


Theordore W. Kheel. Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 616

Associated names

Theodore W. Kheel


UPPER CASE. The top and bottom boards are dovetailed to the case sides; at the bottom the joint is reinforced with three blocks. The scroll board is dovetailed to the case sides as are the drawer dividers. The cornice moldings are nailed from the front; they extend into the bonnet about six inches. The sides of the bonnet interior are dovetailed to the pediment backboard. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides with half keys at the top and bottom; the kerf marks are short and fine. The drawer bottoms fit into grooves in the drawer fronts and are nailed to the other three sides; runners are added to the side edges. The top edges of the drawer sides are rounded and are lower than the drawer fronts. On the shell carved drawer the bottom is nailed to a rabbet in the drawer front and nailed to the other three sides. The drawer supports are nailed to the case sides. LOWER CASE. The backboard is dovetailed with the case sides with half keys at the top and bottom and six full dovetails between them. The joint of the top rail, drawer divider, and skirt is covered with veneer. A board spans the top front of the case and is dovetailed to the tops of the case sides. The legs extend into the case to the bottom of lower drawer opening and are glued to the case sides reinforced with vertical blocks. The drawer guides for the lower side drawers rest on top of the the side blocks. The outer narrow drawer have medial supports. The muntins for the center drawer fit in slots in the underside of the drawer divider and in the back of the skirt; blocks reinforced this joint on the inner edges. The guides for the center drawer are dovetailed to the muntins. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash January 15, 2007.


Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 356, lot 619.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 233n4.