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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


67 3/4 39 1/4 22 in. (172.085 99.695 55.88 cm)



Current location



Made in, or made in Rhode Island
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Maple (primary); pine (secondary)




"1765," in black paint, on backboards of upper case; "J," script in chalk, on upper proper right drawer bottom; "XIII," incised, on top proper right drawer rail on proper right


Sotheby's, New York, September 26, 2008, lot 10; Private collection, American South; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 22, and 25, 2010, lot 529

Associated names

Private Southern Collector


The upper case has a single-board top dovetailed to the two-board sides. The cornice is a one-piece beaded cove molding, nailed through the top with large rosehead nails and through the fillet and bead with smaller nails. The case below consists of two narrow and three wide, graduated, thumb-molded drawers. There is a full dust board under the two narrow drawers. The divider between the two upper drawers is dovetailed above and below. Drawer dividers in the upper case have full dovetails. The drawer sides in the upper case have rounded tops and square-topped backs; the drawer sides are slightly lower than the drawer fronts. The dovetails are large and thick-necked, have half-pins at the top and bottom, and project at the back to function as drawer stops. The drawer bottoms are chamfered, and let into the front and sides, and fixed to the drawer back with rosehead nails. The drawer fronts bear the marks of the original brasses. The upper-case back consists of three vertical boards, rabbeted into the case sides and top, and lapped at a narrow, center board; the bottom edge is nailed to the back of the bottom board. All are secured with rosehead nails. The bottom board of the upper case is not flush with the front rail. The lower case contains three drawers, two deep flanking a shallow center one. The molding atop the lower case consists of a cove and quarter round, into which the upper case sits. The single-board sides and back are connected to the corner posts (which are continuous with the legs) by means of mortise and tenon joints. There are five pins at each outside front corner, one through each side of each knee, and six at the back of the rear corner posts. The front skirt is tenoned into the corner posts. The lower case drawer supports are mortised into the back board. The tenon is visible. The rear skirt is straight, the side skirts are scalloped. The cabriole legs have rounded knees and brackets glued to skirts and knees. The rear legs project in back. The rounded legs end in raised pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, B.W. Colman, J.S. Gordon, M. Tarradash, January 19, 2010; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 22–23, 2010), 120, lot 529, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (September 26, 2008), 26, lot 10.