Design:
Chest of drawers with four tiers of cock-beaded, graduated-depth drawers, two short over three long, a rectangular top with applied complex molding on the front and sides, ogee base molding, and straight bracket feet with ogee-shaped inner edges and cusped ogee knee brackets. The top overhangs on all sides, with a deeper overhang at back. Each drawer has two brass bail handles with circular back plates and brass oval keyhole escutcheons. The inside face of each drawer front is pinked or washed with a red stain.

Case Construction:
The case’s top and bottom are dovetailed to the sides. The drawer blades are joined to side supports set into dadoes that run the full depth of the case. The support system below the top drawers consists of a drawer blade, side supports inserted into dadoes, a rear support that runs the width of the case, and a medial support. Veneer facing strips on the front of the case sides conceal the drawer blade joints. Pairs of thin, canted rear corner, rectangular blocks are glued and nailed to the drawer blades. A mahogany vertical partition or divider separates the top drawers. Three horizontal backboards are flush-nailed with wrought nails to the backs of the case top, sides, and bottom. The base molding is glued to the case bottom. The bracket feet are glued to the underside of the molding and have a three-part support consisting of two horizontal glue blocks (only one remains at the proper left rear back) and a single, quarter-round, vertical glue block. The horizontal blocks are shaped to match the bracket faces.

Drawer Construction:
All the drawers exhibit dovetailed construction. Cock-beading is nailed to the drawer front edges. The drawer bottoms have side-to-side grain orientation, beveled or feathered fronts and sides set into rabbets, and backs flush-nailed with wrought nails. They are reinforced along the sides with full-length glue strips that are mitered at the front and rear corners. Glue blocks are placed at regular intervals along the front underside of each drawer bottom. The undersides of the bottoms have two planed sets of grooves run from back to front, flanking the center.

Date

1760-1800


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany (primary), mahogany veneer (drawer fronts), maple (drawer sides and backs), tulip poplar (drawer bottoms), white pine (backboards and drawer blades), brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 36 in. x 36 7/8 in. x 18 5/8 in. (91.44 cm x 93.66 cm x 47.31 cm)


Credit

Purchase, 1952


Marks

Carved in the top center of the proper right upper front drawer blade: “1”.

Carved in the top center of the second front drawer blade: “X”.

Carved in the top center of the third front drawer blade: “XX”.


Object Number

H-1864


Colors


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