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Chest of drawers


Object number

RIF5888

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

41 3/4 44 1/2 21 1/2 in. (106.05 113.03 54.61 cm)

Date

1800–1820

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Possibly made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"N1 66," in graphite, on interior bottom of top drawer; "1," in graphite, on exterior back of top drawer; "N2 66," in graphite, on interior bottom of second drawer from top; "2," in graphite, on exterior back of second drawer from top; "N3 66," in graphite, on interior bottom of third drawer from top; "3," in graphite, on exterior back of third drawer from top; "N4 66," in graphite, on interior bottom of bottom drawer; "4," in graphite, on exterior back of bottom drawer; "X1," in graphite, on upper surface of top drawer divider; "X2," in graphite, on upper surface of second drawer divider from top, "X3," in graphite, on upper surface of third drawer divider from top; "N0 66," in graphite, on exterior back of case

Style

Sheraton, Federal

Provenance

By descent in the Dyer family, Rhode Island

Associated names

Dyer family

Construction

The oblong, single-board top has a square inlaid edge, half-round outset rear corners and three-quarter-round outset front corners. It is joined by screw pockets to two longitudinal cleats on its underside, which are dovetailed to the single-board case sides. In the case below are crossbanded top and bottom rails and drawer dividers enclosing four crossbanded, cockbeaded and veneered drawer fronts, which are not graduated in height. Within the case are drawer supports and drawer stops nailed with brads to the case sides, and screw pockets securing the outset corners. The flat-topped drawer sides are flush with the drawer fronts. The dovetails which join them are partially obscured by cockbeading. The drawer sides are full-depth. The single-board drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, are chamfered at the front and sides, where they are set into grooves in the members above. The bottoms are joined to the backs with rosehead nails. The case front and sides have crossbanded, flat-arched skirts. The case back consists of two horizontal boards, half-lapped together. At the sides and front of the case bottom are multiple small rectilinear glue blocks. At each outset corner is a three-quarter-round reeded, fluted and ring-turned column, with reeded, tapering legs on turned feet mounted with brass casters. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, November 19, 2013; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.