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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5704

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 37 1/2 in. (95.25 cm) Width, overall: 36 in. (91.44 cm) Width, case: 34 1/2 in. (87.63 cm) Depth: 18 in. (45.72 cm)

Date

1760–80

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

A loop, in chalk, on exterior of each back board

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2013

Associated names

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Construction

The oblong, rectangular, single-board top is molded on its front and side edges, and secured to its single-board case sides with dovetail keyways. The three boards which comprise the case back are half-lapped together, chamfered at the top and sides, and fixed with rosehead and other nails to rabbets in the case sides and directly to the two-board case bottom, which is dovetailed to the case sides. Within the case are two drawer dividers, half-blind dovetailed to the case sides, and a bottom rail, set in grooves in the case sides. The base molding is applied to the case with brads. The front feet consist of carved, horizontal glue blocks, mitered at the corners, to which are applied vertical, rectangular glue blocks, the whole faced with ogee brackets. The rear feet consist of carved glue blocks at the side, butted to horizontal, rectilinear glue blocks; they are missing their vertical blocks. The rear side brackets are ogee, the back brackets square-edged trapezoids set in grooves in the side brackets. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs provided by the Stanley Weiss collection.

Bibliography

"A Tiger Maple Chest," http://www.tildenthurber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items14/sw01431.html (accessed April 22, 2013), item sw01431.