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Photo: Courtesy The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Bayou Bend Collection, Gift of Miss Ima Hogg
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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF229

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

87 41 22 5/8 in. (220.98 104.14 57.468 cm)

Date

1755–1785

Current location

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (backboards and some glue blocks); yellow poplar (some drawer dividers); eastern white pine (drawer linings and some interior dividers); yellow pine (divider between the bank of drawers in the lower case)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

“Upper,” in graphite, on interior back of lower case; “1,” in graphite, on interior back of long drawer of lower case; illegible inscription, in graphite, on top of divider under long drawer of lower case; “2,” in graphite, on interior back and interior proper-right side of proper-right drawer of lower case; “3,” in graphite, on interior back and interior proper-right side of middle drawer of lower case; “4,” in graphite, on interior back and sides of proper-left drawer of lower case; “2,” in graphite, on top of support under bottom middle drawer of lower case; “1,” in graphite, on interior back of proper-right top drawer of upper case; “2,” in graphite, on interior bottom, back, and sides of proper-left top drawer of upper case; “3,” in graphite, on interior back and bottom of top long drawer of upper case; “4,” in graphite, on interior back, bottom, and proper-right side of middle long drawer of upper case; “5,” in graphite, on interior bottom, back, and proper-left side of bottom drawer of upper case; “1” through “3,” in graphite, on tops of drawer dividers of upper case [top to bottom]; “Enside,” in graphite, on interior bottom of upper case at lower front rail

Provenance

Bartol family, Boston. David Stockwell, Philadelphia; sold to Ima Hogg (1882–1975), Houston, 1953; given to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1969

Associated names

Bartol Family
Ima Hogg
David Stockwell, Inc.

Construction

The single-board oblong top has a rounded edge and outset half-round corners and is attached to its frame by six screwpockets ? one each inside the short rails (one screw is missing), and two each inside the long rails. Each rail has a flat arched skirt and is tenoned atop its neighboring legs. In each corner of the frame are two vertical triangular glue blocks ? their tops are chamfered and just shy of the top, and their bottoms are carved to align with the shape of the rails? skirts. The turned tapering legs end in outset shod pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, J.S. Gordon, J.N. Johnson, January 16, 2018; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

See also


Bibliography

David B. Warren et al., American Decorative Arts and Paintings in the Bayou Bend Collection, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (Houston: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1998), 80–81, no. F131, ill.
Helen Comstock, American Furniture: Seventeenth, Eighteenth, and Nineteenth Century Styles (New York: Viking Press, 1962), 161, fig. 315.
"David Stockwell, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 63, no. 4 (April 1953): 331.
Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 39, fig. 1.23.