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High chest of drawers, lower case only


Object number

RIF4996

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Overall: 35 38 5/8 20 1/2 in. (88.9 98.11 52.07 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

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

Medium

Maple (primary); pine (drawer linings)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"A," in chalk, on exterior back of long drawer; "B" and "D" in chalk, on exterior backs of square drawers; "C," incised, on exterior back of middle lower drawer

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, New Hampshire (sale held Manchester, New Hampshire), August 6–8, 2010, lot 69

Associated names

Northeast Auctions

Construction

The single-board, scallop-skirted case sides are half-blind dovetailed to the single-board, scallop-skirted scrollboard. The divider between the long upper drawer and the smaller lower drawers is half-blind dovetailed to the front of the case sides. The upper drawer front meet its shorter, flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints having large, thick-necked pins with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The lower drawers have round-topped drawer sides, and finely cut pins. The central lower drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is flat and full-width, nailed with brads into the rabbet at the drawer fronts and directly to the bottoms of the drawer sides and backs. The drawer support for the central lower drawer is half-lapped to the top of the scrollboard. The legs are of the ?detachable? sort; the front ones are held into the case corners by vertical rectangular blocks. They have angular knees, rounded and shod pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, July 30, 2010; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Northeast Auctions, Hampton and Portsmouth, N.H., Annual Summer Americana Auction, sale cat. (August 6–8, 2010), 15, lot 69, ill.