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Tall chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5705

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 57 in. (144.78 cm) Width, overall: 39 1/2 in. (100.33 cm) Width, case: 36 in. (91.44 cm) Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)

Date

1780–1800

Current location

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); chestnut (secondary)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010 and 2013

Construction

The two-board top is connected to the single-board case sides with half-blind dovetail joints. There is a two-part crown and beaded cove molding, slightly proud of the case top, attached to the case with brads. The case back consists of four horizontal boards, half-lapped together and fixed with rosehead nails to rabbets in the case top, sides, and bottom. The case contains six beaded, graduated drawers, the upper one faced to simulate three drawers, the center one fan-carved. The top and bottom rails and drawer dividers meet the case sides in half-blind dovetail joints. A base molding is joined with brads to blocking which is slightly proud of the two-board case bottom. The front feet consist of rectangular vertical blocks, fixed directly to the base blocking, to which are fitted rectangular horizontal blocks, the whole faced with straight bracket feet joined by half-blind dovetails. At the rear, the vertical blocks are fixed to the underside of the butt-jointed horizontal blocks, and the back face of the foot is a simple pine, trapezoidal bracket, set into a rabbet in the scrolling bracket at the side. Notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the Stanley Weiss Collection.

Bibliography

"A Figured Maple Chippendale 6-Drawer Dishtop Tall Chest with Fan on Dovetailed Bracket Feet," http://www.tildenthurber.com/stanleyweiss/pages/items14/sw01407.html (accessed April 22, 2013).
Stanley Weiss and Brock Jobe, Fine American Antiques in the Stanley Weiss Collection (Providence, R.I.: The Stanley Weiss Collection, 2019), 13, sw01407, ill.