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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5654

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

36 43 19 1/2 in. (91.44 109.22 49.53 cm)

Date

1790–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and satinwood inlay (primary); chestnut (glue blocks on feet and drawer sides); pine (bottom board)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

W. M. Schwind, Jr., Antiques and Fine Art, Yarmouth, Maine. Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Massachusetts (sale held Boston), October 28, 2012, lot 328. The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013

Associated names

W. M. Schwind, Jr., Antiques and Fine Art
Skinner, Inc.
The Stanley Weiss Collection

Construction

The rectangular oblong top is molded on its front and side edges. The top and case sides are single boards. The case contains four, ungraduated drawers with inlaid fronts. The top rail and drawer dividers meet the case sides in blind joints; there is no bottom rail. The drawers are flanked by inlaid pilasters over inlaid "book ends". The drawer-front tops are flush with the flat-topped drawer sides. They meet in dovetail joints, having very narrow pins, with narrow half-pins above and below. The two-board case bottom is dovetailed to the case sides. The front feet consist of two horizontal carved blocks mitered together, attached directly to the case bottom. Below them were carved vertical blocks, now missing, with ogee bracket faces. The rear feet are similarly configured, but for longer, chamfered blocks at the rear, and long, triangular, tapering back bracket feet, set into grooves in the side-facing ogee bracket faces. The boards of the case back are arranged vertically, and half-lapped together. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by The Stanley Weiss Collection

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Boston and Marlborough, Mass., American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (October 28, 2012), 120, lot 328, ill.
"A Mahogany Late Chippendale/Federal Chest with Line Inlay," http://www.tildenthurber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items16/sw01607.html (accessed April 18, 2013), item sw01607.
Stanley Weiss and Brock Jobe, Fine American Antiques in the Stanley Weiss Collection (Providence, R.I.: The Stanley Weiss Collection, 2019), 22, sw01607, ill.