Site Information

  • American Chippendale Oxbow Reverse Serpentine Chest of Drawers, Masachusetts c. 1770-90
  • American Chippendale Oxbow Reverse Serpentine Chest of Drawers, Masachusetts c. 1770-90
  • Image 3
  • Image 4
  • Image 5
  • Image 6
  • Image 7
  • Image 8
  • Image 9
  • Image 10
  • Image 11
  • Image 12
  • Image 13
  • Image 14
  • Image 15
  • Image 16
  • Image 17
  • Image 18
  • Image 19
  • Image 20
  • Image 21
  • Image 22
  • Image 23
  • Image 24
  • Image 25
  • Image 26
  • Image 27
  • Image 28
  • Image 29
  • Image 30
  • Image 31
  • Image 32
  • Image 33
  • Image 34
  • Image 35
  • Image 36
  • Image 37
  • Image 38
  • Image 39
  • Image 40
  • Image 41
  • Image 42
  • Image 43
  • Image 44
  • Image 45
  • Image 46
  • Image 47
  • Image 48
  • Image 49
  • Image 50
  • Image 51
  • Image 52
  • Image 53
  • Image 54
  • Image 55
  • Image 56
  • Image 57
  • Image 58
  • Image 59
  • Image 60
  • Image 61
  • Image 62
  • Image 63
  • Image 64
  • Image 65
  • Image 66
  • Image 67
  • Image 68
  • Image 69
  • Image 70
  • Image 71
  • Image 72
  • Image 73
  • Image 74
  • Image 75
  • Image 76
  • Image 77
  • Image 78
  • Image 79
  • Image 80
  • Image 81
  • Image 82
  • Image 83
  • Image 84
  • Image 85
  • Image 86
  • Image 87
  • Image 88
  • Image 89
  • Image 90
  • Image 91
  • Image 92

American Chippendale Oxbow Chest of Drawers, Masachusetts c. 1770

$4,700.00
ITEM #:
503JRB12X
Delivery:
To calculate delivery to your location, "Purchase Now" and click "Estimate Shipping & Tax"
For additional info or to purchase by phone, call us at (717) 658-8274

AMERICAN CHIPPENDALE REVERSE-SERPENTINE CHEST OF DRAWERS
Eastern Massachusetts, c. 1770-90
Item # 503JRB12X


A rather striking chest of drawers, the oxbow is a particularly difficult form to master and added significant cost for clients requesting this kind of case during the period.  The top projects with a distinct boldness over the sides and front of the case, this two-board piece handsomely molded of the solid around all three edges, sliding onto the sides of the case on dovetails to allow the top to easily shrink and expand without structural stress.  All primary surfaces are crafted of a dense and well-figured birch.  The drawers are graduated and all retain their original bail pull brasses and stamped brass keyhole escutcheons.  

The interiors of the top and third drawers retain their original wrought iron locks with the original rosehead nails affixing them to the interior.  All secondary woods are white pine, the drawers with large and precisely cut hand dovetails graduating in reverse with the largest dovetail at the top and successively smaller to the half-lapped bottom dovetail.  The bottom is deeply chamfered and set in grooves along the sides and front edge, tacked along the back edge of the drawer with four wrought nails.  

The drawers project slightly from the case due to the shrinking that has occurred to the sides of the case - as a result, the glue block drawer stops at the back have slowly moved forward.  We can adjust this upon request.

The drawer blades are presumably joined into the case on small dovetail slots beneath the applied molded strips on either side of the case.  The thin beading along the drawer blades and sides simulate cockbead molding, nicely framing the outline of the each drawer.  The sides of the case dovetail into the bottom, a single solid plank of pine.  Resting over shapely scroll cut bracket feet with a spurred return, the base conforms to the oxbow form of the case with thick birch affixed to the pine core behind it with a large dovetail behind the center tear-drop finial.  The feet are particularly fragile and have seen horizontal cracking over the years - as a result, several facings have partial replacements.  These are rather old and have oxidized nicely.

Measurements:  21 15/16" D x 42" W x 32" H

Condition Report:
Refinished.  3 foot facings with spliced restoration, old cracks to feet, one spur patched; back right foot triangular support possibly replaced.  2nd drawer missing lock, no key.  Drawers projecting slightly from shrinkage.  Top with old staining and discoloration.  Small shrinkage cracks on both sides of case.