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Sideboard


Object number

RIF3021

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

41 1/4 × 51 × 22 in. (104.78 × 129.54 × 55.88 cm)

Date

1800–1820

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and lightwood inlay (primary); chestnut (drawer bottoms); cherry(?) (proper-right drawer divider, top front rail, and stiles of cupboard); pine (all other secondary wood)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"V [pointing up]" and "1 [with arc over it]," in graphite, on exterior back of top proper-right upper drawer; "V [pointing up]," in graphite, on exterior back of proper-left drawer

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Ginsburg and Levy, New York; sold to Dr. and Mrs. Samuel J. Phillips, New York; consigned by their estates to Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc., New York, September 26, 1981, lot 424. Betty Zaitz (née Sussman, 1921–2015) and Max R. Zaitz (1906–1995), Princeton, New Jersey; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 22, 2016, lot 209

Associated names

Ginsburg and Levy, Inc.
Dr. Samuel J. Phillips
Mrs. Samuel J. Phillips
Sotheby Parke Bernet
Christie's
Max R. Zaitz
Betty Zaitz

Construction

The oblong rectangular square-edged top has an inlaid edge and is attached to its conformingly shaped case by three screwpockets in the single-piece backboard and by countersunk screws in the underside of the case?s top rail. The backboard, case sides, top and bottom rails, and the single, proper right drawer divider are tenoned without wood pins to their respective legs, which are full-height. The proper left end of the proper right drawer divider is double-through-tenoned to the proper right intermediate case stile, which is quadruple-through-tenoned, like its proper left counterpart, to the backboard. With the proper right case are drawer supports nailed with brads to the case side and the intermediate case stile. Rectangular glue blocks in the rear proper right corner of the case also serve as drawer stops. In the opposite corner are smaller vertical drawer stops. The proper left case interior, which contains a single drawer faced to simulate two, contains drawer supports and stops attached with rosehead nails, as well as vertical and horizontal blocking and drawer guides glued to the inside case-side face. The case?s bottom rail, faced with a serpentine inlaid skirt, is tenoned into the inside faces of the front legs. The central doors are vertical boards with narrow top and bottom rails having veneered, line-inlaid and cross-banded fronts with cockbeading applied with brads. The similarly decorated drawer fronts have cockbeading applied with brads and meet their flush, flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints having finely cut pins partially covered by cockbeading, with half-pins below. The single-board drawer bottoms, perpendicular to the fronts, are chamfered at the front and sides, where they fit into grooves. Rectangular glue blocks accompany the joints between drawer bottoms and sides. Some of the full-depth drawer sides are now faced with runners. The drawer bottoms are nailed with brads into the bottoms of the flat-topped drawer backs. The underside of the central storage section?s board is the only case bottom. The square, double-tapering legs are inlaid on the front and sides of their cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, J. N. Johnson, C. Eskridge, and T. B. Lloyd, January 19, 2016; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

Sotheby Parke Bernet, New York, Fine Americana, sale cat. (September 26, 1981), lot 424, ill.
Christie's, New York, Philadelphia Splendor: The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Max R. Zaitz, sale cat. (January 22, 2016), 91, lot 209, ill.