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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF3872

Maker

Maker Unknown
Maker, possibly by Willis Claflin, American, active 1800–1820

Dimensions

56 1/4 39 19 1/4 in. (142.875 99.06 48.895 cm)

Date

1795–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in, Possibly made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut (some drawer linings); yellow poplar or cottonwood (other drawer linings)

Inscriptions

"Willis Claflin," in graphite, on second drawer

Provenance

Willis Claflin, location unknown. Shelburne Museum, Vermont, by 1975; deaccessioned and consigned to Duane Merrill and Company, Williston, Vermont, January, 2003. Duane Merrill and Company, Williston, Vermont, 2020; sold to Derik Pulito Antiques, Kensington, Connecticut, 2020

Associated names

Shelburne Museum, Vermont
Duane Merrill & Company
Derik Pulito Antiques

Construction

Replaced pulls; original pulls single shank; some replaced escutcheons. Old red paint removed. Some drawer lip damage. Cut nails used in construction.

Bibliography

"Auction Action," Antiques and the Arts Weekly (January 17, 2003): 37, ill.
"Derik Pulito Antiques advertisement," Maine Antique Digest (August 2020): 32, ill.