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Sideboard


Object number

RIF2932

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

41 7/8 62 24 in. (106.36 157.48 60.96 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location


Geography

Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany, mahogany and Amboyna (veneers); chestnut (drawer linings); pine (drawer divider, back board, laminated drawer fronts); cherry (side and front of butler drawer); and ivory

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"L [script]," in graphite, on top of upper shelf in proper right cabinet; " B L [L in script]," in graphite, on top of lower shelf in proper right cabinet; "R," in graphite, on top of upper shelf in proper left cabinet; "B L," in graphite, on top of lower shelf in proper left cabinet; "X," in graphite, on backs of exterior and interior drawers; "No. 1.," in graphite, on underside of proper right upper drawer in desk; "No. 2.," in graphite, on underside of proper right lower drawer in desk; "No 3.," in graphite, on underside of proper left upper drawer in desk; "No 4," in graphite, on underside of of proper left lower drawer in desk; "1," in chalk, on upper proper left side of proper right cabinet; "2," in chalk, on lower proper left side of proper right cabinet

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Col. Asa Fitch (1755–1844), Fitchville, Connecticut. George Smith Palmer (1855–1934), New London, Connecticut; by descent in his family; sold to Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut; sold to Bobbi and Ralph Terkowitz, Washington, D.C.; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 18–21, 2018, lot 948

Associated names

Col. Asa Fitch
George Smith Palmer
Nathan Liverant and Son
Bobbi Terkowitz
Ralph Terkowitz
Sotheby's

Construction

The oblong top has a square veneered edge, inset quarter round front corners and is fixed to its case by screw pockets in transverse and longitudinal battens coplanar with the top rail below. The case back consists of three horizontal boards. The veneered fronts of the quarter round deep drawers meet their flush, flat-topped, full-height drawer sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins of slightly varying configurations, with half-pins above. The single-piece drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, are chamfered there, where they fit into grooves, and at the sides, where they also fit into grooves and are accompanied by runners. There are (possibly later) brads in the underside of the drawer sides. The drawer bottoms slightly overhang the drawer backs, to which they are fixed with rosehead nails. The central frieze drawer?s front joins its serpentine-top drawer sides in a quarter round brass mechanism set into grooves in the drawer sides and fixed there and to the drawer front with screws in brass plaques. When open, the drawer front fits into its sides and its bar-lined writing-surface bottom in a rabbeted joint. The frieze drawer?s top meets its drawer sides in dovetail joints. The drawer front is also hinged by means of interior brass hinges and a brass locking mechanism within the drawer sides. The interior consists of five small drawers (two banks of long drawers flanking a single drawer) over valanced open compartments. The drawers are separated by full-depth dust boards faced with double-beaded drawer dividers. The line-inlaid drawer fronts meet their flush, flat-topped, full-height sides in dovetail joints having thick-necked pins with half-pins above. The two-board drawer bottoms are chamfered at the front and sides, parallel to the front, fit into grooves there and in the sides, and are nailed with brads to the drawer back. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, J.N Johnson, January 16, 2018; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 18–21, 2018), vol. 2, p. 194, lot 948, ill.