image of object
Photo: Courtesy private collection
Click the image to enlarge

Miniature chest of drawers


Object number

RIF6090

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

20 3/4 20 11 1/2 in. (52.71 50.8 29.21 cm)

Date

1700–1720

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in New England, Probably made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Maple (primary); maple (bottom board); yellow pine (drawer linings, drawer supports, glue blocks, and drawer dividers)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," incised, on inside of some drawer sides

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

Louise Bloomingdale Cullman and Edgar M. Cullman, Sr. (1918–2011), New York; consigned to Christie's, New York, September 22, 2014, lot 10

Associated names

Edgar M. Cullman Sr.
Louise Bloomingdale Cullman
Christie's New York

Construction

The single-board top is (probably) half-blind dovetailed to the single case sides; the joints are concealed by a single-piece crown molding (replaced), face-nailed to the case sides and front. The single-board case bottom meets the case sides in dovetail joints having nearly rectangular pins with half pins in the front and rear. The case back consists of two horizontal boards half-lapped together and nailed with rosehead nails into rabbets in the case sides, top and bottom. Within the case are full-depth drawer supports fixed to the case sides with rosehead nails. The two small upper drawers share an intermediate drawer support (with a small integral drawer guide above) which is revealed through the case back above a small nail. On either side of the top of a vertical element between the small drawers, the bottom of which passes through the drawer divider below, are two rectangular blocks behind the top rail. Drawer divides are set into V-shaped grooves in the case sides. On the fronts of the dividers and the inside portion of the case sides? front edges are half rounds face-nailed with brads. The drawer fronts meet their slightly shorter, flat-topped sides in dovetail joints, each with a single large tail, with half-pins above and half-pins with rabbets below. The small drawers are constructed differently: the proper right has a single-board bottom parallel to the front, fixed with rosehead nails into the rabbeted front and no runners; the proper left has a single-board bottom perpendicular to the front, with runners nailed on with brads. The tail at the back corner of each small drawer extends beyond the plane of the drawer back, acting as a stop. The extended tails of the proper left drawer are augmented by nails. The longer drawers below have two-board bottoms parallel to the fronts, where they are nailed with brads into rabbets. Full depth runners are nailed with brads and the bottoms are fixed to the drawer backs with rosehead and later nails. A single-piece base molding (replaced) is face-nailed with brads to the bottom rail and case sides. Four turned feet are set into holes in the corners of the case bottom. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 17, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

Bibliography

Christie's New York, New York, Important American Furniture, Outsider, and Folk Art, sale cat. (September 22, 2014), 14–15, lot 10, ill.