AMERICAN CHIPPENDALE WALNUT TALL CHEST OF DRAWERS OVER OGEE FEET
Pennsylvania c. 1790
Item # 410QNP11W
A bold and impressive object, this chest originates in southeastern Pennsylvania, possibly the Delaware River Valley. The cabinetmaker chose vivid walnut planks that lend some drama to the surface. Cove molding around the crest projects over three small drawers, two medium drawers and four broad drawers - all carefully graduated to give scale and proportion to the large facade. The drawers are hung with replaced pierced brass hardware, the frames of dovetailed white pine with integral runners grooved to accept the chamfered white pine bottom, mostly crafted of a single huge plank of pine. The drawers are flanked by the typical fluted Corinthian columns with turned caps and bases, the whole case resting over rather bold ogival feet. There is a distinct architectural flare to the case, as these were generally intended to augment the designs of the room they were intended for - the crown molding, fireplace surrounds and height of the ceilings would all play a role in how a chest like this was designed. This was clearly intended for a large room with bold and dramatic elements.
Measurements: 62 7/8" H x 42" W x 21 7/8" D
Refinished with surface wear, scratches etc. Replaced brasses, original locks (no key). Several drawers with large patches, two drawers with a significant portion of the left side patched - several lips with losses and patches. Front-right foot lower 1/3 facing replaced, old cracks to feet.