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American Chippendale Cherry Tall Chest of Drawers circa 1780

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Probably Connecticut | circa 1780 | with original pulls & feet
Item # 007UCS30M 

This attractive and very well-preserved tall chest of seven drawers, likely a product of Connecticut from the fourth-quarter of the 19th-century, is a striking architectural work. Typical of the form, the seven drawers have a beautiful graduation from the narrowest in the top to deepest in the bottom. These are each hand-dovetailed with crisp shallow pins. The drawers retain simple cast bail pulls with round backplates. The form rests over bracket feet with a restrained but lively scalloping in the returns; the inner structure of the feet is an extension of the sideboards, to which the bracket facings have been applied. This creates an inherently superior strength as opposed to the fully applied foot of many other tall chest designs.

Remaining in untouched original condition with a wonderful dry surface and restrained form, this is a fine acquisition for the collector of early Americana. And beyond the collector realm, it is a most useful piece with an austerity of form that does not overwhelm a room while providing great functionality and visual interest.

Measurements: 69 1/2" H x 19 1/8" D x 40 3/8" W

Condition Report:
Original pulls. Original feet. Fingernail scuffs behind most pulls. Wear to old dry surface including minor scratches, abrasions and finish loss. One drawer lip with patch on upper left; one drawer lip with loss to upper left. Old filler visible over nails in crest and base. Original backboards. Untouched structure. No locks (all escutcheons are faux). Evidence of old mouse chewing to inside of drawers. Excellent original condition.