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Chest


Object number

RIF6585

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

25 3/8 44 5/8 20 1/4 in. (64.5 113.3 51.4 cm)

Date

1660–1700

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Providence, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Oak and chestnut

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Jacobean

Provenance

Joseph Kabe Estate Auction, Milford, Connecticut; sold to a Connecticut collector; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 17 and 20, 2019, lot 1545 (unsold)

Associated names

Joseph Kabe Estate Auction
Sotheby's

Construction

The two-board lid has a molded edge and is fixed to the back?s upper rail with wrought-iron snipe hinges. Rectangular lateral cleats are fixed to either end of its underside with rosehead nails. The frame consists of four rectilinear corner stiles, into which are tenoned and double-wood-pinned upper and lower rails. Empty grooves at the proper right corner of the upper rails indicate the former presence of a till with a hinged lid. Tenoned and double-wood-pinned into the upper and lower rails are medial stiles in the back, sides and front. The side medial stiles have molded edges, the front stiles have grooved and black-painted channels. Panels are set into grooves in the stiles and rails?plain panels in the back and sides, and panels with nose and cove molding surrounds in front. The backsides of all the panels and stiles have chamfered edges; the front faces of the front panels bear black-painted half-elliptical turned wood bosses. The case bottom consists of transverse boards, set into grooves in the front and back rails; some boards are missing. Examined by P.E. Kane, January 20, 2019; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

The interior of the chest retains portions of lining from the Providence Gazette and Country Journal, No. 5 of vol. XXVII, for January 30, 1790.

Bibliography

Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana, sale cat. (January 17 and 20, 2019), 231, lot 1545, ill.