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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5840

Maker

Maker Unknown

Date

1800–1815

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay (primary); chestnut (back boards); ivory (pulls)

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

The Stanley Weiss Collection, Providence, Rhode Island, 2010

Associated names

The Stanley Weiss Collection

Construction

The oblong, bow-fronted, single-board top has a rounded, veneered edge and is secured to its conformingly shaped case, in part, by screw pockets in the upper of the two horizontal backboards. The upper backboard is fixed with rosehead nails to a batten beneath the case top. The case sides are routed to receive drawer supports. The backboards are chamfered at their sides to fit into grooves in the case sides. The backs of the rear legs are square-edge trapezoidal brackets. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the Stanley Weiss Collection.

Bibliography

Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 113n44, 439n5.