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Chest on frame


Object number

RIF6215

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

base: 42 × 19 in. (106.68 × 48.26 cm) 36 in. (91.44 cm)

Date

1750–80

Current location

Montaine Antiques

Geography

Retailed in Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (primary); pine (secondary)

Marks

Illegible markings, in chalk, on underside of the case

Inscriptions

Unknown

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Helen M. Lynch (née Wall 1923–2015), Fall River and Norwood, Massachusetts; by desent in St. Louis family; sold to Montaine Antiques, Florissant, Missouri

Associated names

Helen M. Lynch

Construction

The single-board case top meets in half-blind dovetail joints having finely cut narrow-necked pins with large half-pins in back, the single-board sides, into which fit the chamfered ends of four horizontal backboards. There is also a large half-pin at the front of the case, visible at the single-board case bottom. A crown molding is attached to the case with wood-filled fasteners. The drawer dividers are half-blind dovetailed to the case sides. The lipped, thumb-molded graduated drawer fronts meet their slightly shorter sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The two-board drawer bottoms, parallel to the fronts, are set into grooves in the front and the full-depth drawer sides. The scrolling single-board skirt board of the separate frame meets the scrolling single-board side boards in half-blind dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The side boards meet the single-board, straight-skirted backboard in similar joints. On the underside of the case bottom are three rectangular blocks (and the shadow of a fourth), fixed to it with nails, allowing the case to align with three transverse battens in the frame below. A medial batten is set into grooves in the front and back boards; two flanking ones are set into grooves in the backboard, sideboards, and skirtboard, and support the case above. The angular, square-sectioned cabriole legs are of the ?detachable? sort, held into the corners of the frame with multiple chamfered glue blocks. The ankles are also square-sectioned and slightly ridged, sitting upon fully round pad feet with particularly tall pads. Photographs courtesy of Montaine Antiques, Florissant, Mo.; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.