FINE AMERICAN CHIPPENDALE CHERRY CHEST OF DRAWERS
Pennsylvania c. 1770
Item # 306SWE15S
A most attractive piece of early Pennsylvania craftsmanship, this chest of drawers is one that retains incredible character and history etched in it's surfaces. The chest is constructed using large boards of cherry, the top board being molded around the edges and projecting boldly over the case; this is softened by the cove molding that supports it's transition to the case. Large square wooden pegs secure the top to the case, driven symmetrically through the top to affix it into the frame.
A pair of drawers rest over three larger drawers, these graduated in size and retaining their original brasses. They are crafted of pine secondaries hand dovetailed front and back with a deeply chamfered bottom sliding into grooves on either side and nailed in triplicate using hand forged roseheads at the back of each drawer; along the chamfered edges, triangular blocks are successively glued to keep the drawer squared and firm. The third drawer up from the bottom is inscribed on the back "Charles Davis”, presumably an early owner. Flanking the drawers are thick fluted quarter round corner columns, raising the crown molding with the split-turned capitals; they are in perfect proportion to the size of the case, giving balance to the distinct architecture of the form. The backboards are untouched for the most part, entirely original and retaining almost all of their original rosehead nails - these are nailed in an even row across the top, the middle and the bottom.
For any serious collector of period furniture from Pennsylvania, this is a special piece with a strength and presence that is uncommon
Measurements: 40 1/8" wide x 22 7/8" deep x 36 1/8" high
Repairs/patches to drawer edges. Pulls original, locks are absent. Castors added and then removed at one point. Lower portions of proper right front foot replaced, all other feet original; each with old cracks/wear. Patch to right side of case; top and left side w/ old cracks, top with ink and ring stains/burns. A few drawer glue blocks replaced. Later runners inside case. Old refinish.