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Design:
Chest of drawers with four graduated-depth, cock-beaded drawers, a rectangular top with applied complex molding on the front and sides, fluted quarter columns at the front corners, a cove base molding, and ogee bracket feet with cusped ogee knee brackets. The top overhangs on the back and is flush with the front and sides. Each drawer has two brass bail handles with shaped back plates and brass keyhole liners.

Case Construction:
The case’s top and bottom are dovetailed to the sides. A medial support is nailed to the underside of the subtop with wrought nails. The drawer blades are joined to three-quarter depth dustboards, half as thick as the blades, inserted into dadoes that run the full depth of the case. Full-depth glue strips or runners are glued on top of the dustboards at the sides. The top of each dustboard has been finished with a series of planed grooves from back to front. A series of horizontal glue blocks secure the join of the blades and the dustboards on their underside. The undersides of the top and blades are notched at center to receive locks. Veneer facing strips on the front of the case sides and blades conceal the joints. Pairs of thin rectangular blocks are nailed and glued to the front of the drawer blades. Full-height horizontal glue blocks are inserted into the front corners of the case between the drawer blades. Three horizontal, double-rabbeted backboards are nailed into rabbets on the case top and sides and flush-nailed to the case bottom, all with wrought nails. The base molding is glued to the case bottom and reinforced with glue strips on the front and sides and back sides. The bracket feet are glued to the underside of the molding and have a three-part support consisting of two horizontal glue blocks and a single, vertical glue block. The horizontal blocks are shaped to match the bracket faces. Triangular rear elements form the back of the back feet.

Drawer Construction:
All the drawers exhibit dovetailed construction. Cock-beading is nailed to the drawer front edges. The drawer bottoms have back-to-front grain orientation, beveled or feathered fronts and sides set into grooves, and a back edge flush-nailed with wrought nails. They are reinforced with wedge-shaped glue blocks along the front and sides (several are missing on the second drawer). On the lowest drawer, full-length glue strips have been added to the sides, and the underside has been planed down.

Date

1760-1780


Geography


Material/Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer (primary), white pine (medial support, drawer blades, drawer bottoms, glue blocks and strips), tulip poplar (dustboards), oak (drawer fronts), possibly cherry (backboards, drawer sides and backs), brass


Dimensions

Overall (H x W x D): 33 3/4 in. x 40 in. x 21 1/2 in. (85.73 cm x 101.6 cm x 54.61 cm)


Credit

Gift of Edward G. Sherburne, Jr. and Mary L. Sherburne, 2010


Marks

Inscribed at the front center of each dustboard and on the case bottom: “X”.


Object Number

M-4891


Colors


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