Chest on Chest

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1765-1785

GUSN

GUSN-4353

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

Descriptive Terms

chests-on-chests
case furniture
maple (wood)
eastern white pine (wood)
Pine
Molded
Chippendale
Maple
Chest Of Drawers

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.

Associated Building

Original to Hamilton House (South Berwick, Me.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Newport, RI

Dimensions

83 x 40 5/8 x 21 5/8 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Bequest of Elizabeth R. Vaughan

Accession Number

1949.215

Places

South Berwick (York county, Maine)
Rhode Island (United States)
Maine (United States)
Newport (Rhode Island island, Newport county, Rhode Island)