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Sideboard


Object number

RIF6051

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

40 3/4 66 28 1/2 in. (103.51 167.64 72.39 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, and lightwood inlay (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," in chalk, on rear corner of exterior drawer bottom, interior and exterior back of lower drawer bottom, and on interior backboard

Provenance

Private collection, 1986

Construction

The oblong, single-board square-edged top is line-inlaid on its straight sides and on its incurvate and bowed front. In the central portion, it is secured to the top rail by screws and within the case, to the backboard by screw pockets and by small rectangular horizontal glue blocks. The single-board backboard is tenoned into the rectangular stiles above the rear legs, each stile containing two wood pins. Interior partitions, which separate the central, convex-drawer section from the flanking incurvate-door sections, penetrate the backboard as four vertical rectangular wedged through-tenons. Brads in the backboard appear to correspond with vertical rectangular glue blocks within the central-drawer section, which also function as drawer stops. The flanking, incurvate-door sections each have single-board bottoms secured to the case above with chamfered horizontal glue blocks (some missing) and to the rabbeted bottom of the interior partitions with brads. Within the central portion of the case are transverse strips, nailed with brads to the interior partitions, which prevent the upper drawer from tipping forward. The upper bow-fronted drawer has full-depth drawer supports (flipped), nailed to the partitions with brads. The lower, serpentine-front drawer has full-depth supports screwed into the single-board partitions. The upper drawer front is a single board, with a veneered front and cockbeaded edges. The lower drawer front consists of two horizontal laminations, also veneered and cockbeaded. It meets its flush, flat-topped, full-depth drawer sides in dovetail joints, having finely cut pins with half-pins above. The drawer bottom is slightly chamfered at the front, where it is fixed with rosehead nails into the rabbeted drawer front, and at the sides, where it fits into grooves. Drawer runners are applied with brads. The drawer bottom is nailed with brads to the drawer back. The central front legs, pentagonal in plan, and the square, flanking front and rear legs are line-inlaid on their front faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, March 7, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

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