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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5174

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

32 3/4 36 1/2 20 1/4 in. (83.19 92.71 51.44 cm) Width, case: 20 1/4 in. (51.44 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (back boards, drawer supports, battens under top vertical glue blocks on feet, and drawer sides); chestnut (drawer dividers, bottom board, lowest drawer supports, horizontal glue blocks on feet, and drawer bottoms and backs)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Abbie Liscomb," in graphite, on bottom of case; "2," "3," "4," and "5," in graphite, on tops of drawer dividers; illegible, in chalk, on one interior drawer back

Provenance

Possibly Abbie G. Liscomb (1871–unknown), Providence, Rhode Island. Private collection, 2011. Sotheby's, New York, January 20–21, 2012, lot 269; sold to Newport Restoration Foundation, Rhode Island

Associated names

Abbie G. Liscomb
Sotheby's

Construction

The single-board top has an edge molded at the front and sides, serpentine at the front, straight at the sides and molded at the corners. Below the top is a beaded cove molding. The top is joined to the case by T-headed nails through battens at the front and back of the case. The drawer dividers are double cock-beaded from the solid, and joined to the single board case sides with lapped dovetails. There are no dust boards. A missing interior vertical rear brace has left its shadow. The drawer bottoms are perpendicular to the fronts, the dovetails fine and thin-necked, with half-pins above and below. The drawer bottoms are let into grooves in the front and sides and joined to the back with rosehead nails. The single-board case bottom is dovetailed to the sides. The horizontal backboards are attached to the sides with a half-lap joint and rosehead nails and to the case bottom with roseheads alone. The molded base is flush with the case bottom. Examined by P. E. Kane and W.S. Braznell, January 20, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana: Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Porcelain, Prints, and Carpets, sale cat. (January 20–21, 2012), 191, lot 269.