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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker, possibly by Samuel Phillips, born ca. 1750, died 1788


69 1/4 40 1/4 in. (175.9 102.24 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Maple (primary); white pine (secondary)


"Samuel Phil" in chalk on a drawer back; "Made by Samuel / June" in chalk on a drawer bottom; "Philips" in chalk on a drawer bottom


"Back 2", "3 third ", "4," and "5 Fifth," in chalk, on exterior drawer backs; "A," in chalk, on exterior of drawer bottom; "Rowland," in chalk, on upper proper left drawer side; "C September," in chalk, on a drawer side; other illegible chalk inscriptions


Originally by descent in the Villard family, New York. The Levison & Cullen Gallery, Inc., Atlanta, Georgia, after 1984

Associated names

The Levison & Cullen Gallery, Inc.
Villard family


The upper case contains two small and three long drawers, each with lipped and thumb-molded fronts, secured to their drawer sides with dovetail joints, having thick-necked rather crudely cut pins, with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottoms on the long drawers are chamfered at the front, where they fit into a groove in the drawer front, and runners are added at the sides. At the back they are nailed up into the drawer backs. The small drawers have sides fastened to the front with half pins above and below; the lower pin has a rabbet to accommodate the drawer bottom. The top and bottom rails fit into grooves in the case sides. The intervening drawer dividers join the case sides in half-blind dovetails. In the lower case, the straight-skirted back is attached to the sides with dovetail joints, exhibiting crude, thick-necked pins. The top rail and drawer divider join the case in blind joints, and the stiles between the drawers fit into grooves in the drawer divider above. The cabriole legs are of the "detachable" sort, secured into recessed corners of the lower case with vertical rectangular glue blocks. The knee brackets are nailed to the legs with brads. The square-sectioned legs end in slipper feet. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by Deanne Levison.