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Chest on Chest

1949.215 (RS80886)

Description

Chippendale style. Lower chest rests on four ogee bracket feet with molded base; encloses four graduated drawers. Molded lip at top to receive upper chest enclosing five drawers in a two over three graduated arrangement. All rectangular with beaded edges. Central brass escutcheons flanked by two conforming brass plates with bail handles. Upper two drawers have single corresponding plate. Bonnet top has molded edges with central turned finial rests on fluted block with thin broken pediment.

Details

Label
Highlights of the furniture collection: From its pediment to its feet, this chest on chest evokes comparisons with the furniture of Newport. The design of the bracket feet and the use of bold moldings are characteristic of Newport. The very contours of the base, waist, and pediment moldings are virtually standard in Newport furniture, and the shape of the pediment, fluting of the plinths, and the use of a single finial are all seen on Newport pieces. The dovetails, like those on other Newport pieces are exceedingly fine. Although a well-made urban object, this one is of plain design, and inexpensive wood -- a less costly piece made for the 18th century buyer.
Maker
unknown
Date
1765-1785
Associated Building
Original to Hamilton House (South Berwick, Me.).
Material
eastern white pine (wood)
maple (wood)
Object type
Furniture
Places
Maine (United States)
Newport (Rhode Island island, Newport county, Rhode Island)
Rhode Island (United States)
South Berwick (York county, Maine)
Descriptive terms
case furniture
Chest Of Drawers
chests-on-chests
Chippendale
eastern white pine (wood)
Maple
maple (wood)
Molded
Pine
Dimensions
83 x 40 5/8 x 21 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1949.215
Credit Line
Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan
GUSN
4353

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