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Sideboard


Object number

RIF4692

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

40 1/2 47 1/4 21 1/2 in. (102.87 120.015 54.61 cm)

Date

1795–1810

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and satinwood (primary); pine (drawer fronts, back of front rail, bottom board, backing of front legs, sides of interior cupboard, drawer divider backing, and back board); chestnut (drawer sides and bottoms)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Box," in paint, inside a proper right drawer front; inverted "V" or "!," in graphite, on drawers; numbers, in graphite, on underside of drawer bottoms; looping scroll, in chalk, on one drawer back

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

John S. Walton, New York; sold to Thomas J. Carroll (1926–2008), New York and MIddleburg, Virginia; consigned by the estate of Thomas J. Carroll Revocable Trust to Christie's, New York, January 21–22, and 25, 2010, lot 333

Associated names

John S. Walton, Inc.
Thomas J. Carroll
Thomas J. Carroll Revocable Trust
Christie's

Construction

The top consists of two longitudinal boards with narrow transverse end boards, the whole veneered on top, the square edge crossbanded and line-inlaid on the front and sides. It is attached to the case below with screws, three in pockets through the backboard, and four through the top rail in front. The case is divided into three parts, separated by full-depth dividers with transverse battens above. The proper left side contains a lengthwise brace glued to the top, three vertical blocks above a single horizontal block glued to the case side, and vertical drawer stops glued to the backboard, case divider, and rear corner post, as well as a deep drawer faced to simulate two shallow drawers. Within the proper right bay are two shallow drawers and boards nailed with brads to prevent the upper drawer from tipping. The upper portion of the proper right case sides contains three vertical blocks, drawer guides, and drawer supports, the lower a single horizontal block/drawer guide. The hinged door opens to reveal a lengthwise batten glued to the underside of the top. The single-board case bottom is attached with modern nails to the underside of the case sides and case dividers. There are multiple shadows of earlier nails on the perimeter of the case bottom. The drawer sides and backs have square tops flush with the tops of the drawer fronts, which are veneered. The dovetails have necks of slightly varying thickness, with half-pins above. The drawer bottoms are single boards, perpendicular to the fronts, chamfered at the sides where they fit into grooves in the drawer sides, and nailed with brads to the drawer backs. The square tapered legs are continuous with and half the depth of the inlaid corner posts, and join the skirt with mortise and tenon joints, showing scribe lines on the underside of the serpentine skirt. Only the front of the front legs have line inlay ending in inlaid cuffs. Examined by P. E. Kane, J. S. Gordon, B. Colman, and M. Taradash, January 21, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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Bibliography

Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, and Chinese Export, sale cat. (January 21–22 and 25, 2010), lot 333, ill.