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  • American Hepplewhite Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard circa 1790
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American Hepplewhite Inlaid Mahogany Sideboard circa 1790

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Mid-Atlantic States, circa 1790-1810
Item # 102RHF18A 

A beautifully restored sideboard cabinet from the Mid-Atlantic states, it features a brilliant mahogany surface that absolutely glows under the later French polish. The curved form of the top with its inverted ovolu ends conforms to the overall profile of the case, projecting only slightly around all sides. The facade is arranged with three thin drawers in the top over a pair of deep lower drawers flanking two doors in the center that open to reveal a large storage space. The vibrant crotch-cut mahogany veneers are carefully arranged to create contiguous grain movement of circles and swirls between the doors and drawers.

The drawers are crafted in the typical manner with hand-cut dovetails in the corners with a bottom board chamfered on the sides and set in rabbets with applied runners over the bottom board; the oval brasses are early replacements. The top drawers feature upholstered silverware dividers and the lower drawers provide deep and generous storage space - the right lower drawer originally was divided out to organize wine, but the dividers have since been removed.

The entire cabinet rests over tapered legs with diamond inlays on the upper and cuffed inlays around the ankles.

It is an absolutely gorgeous piece that has been very carefully restored in the last fifty years and the overall result is most pleasing. The surface is beautifully aged with a warm overall patina and the form is refined and elegant. With over two-hundred years of life, the sideboard remains young in structure and will continue to serve for generations to come if well cared for.

Primary woods: Mahogany and mahogany veneers
Secondary woods: Tulip Poplar and Eastern Yellow Pine

Measurements: 74 1/8" H x 27 3/4" D x 39 3/4" H

Condition Report:
Old refinish in overall good condition, minor wear to the surface (more notable on the sides of the legs), light scuffing to the french polish and overall scars/scuffs/dings and abrasions as expected. Professionally restored at one point with numerous veneer patches including the lower right drawer in the banded edge, all drawer blades with some manner of veneer patching, numerous sections of light-wood stringer inlay throughout replaced, the ebonized stringer-inlay on leg cuffs is replaced and the middle-right leg cuff has replaced maple veneers. There is some cracking to the veneers to the right of the keyhole escutcheon on lower left drawer, a stable horizontal crack to veneer of lower right drawer and a professionally filled and polished horizontal crack to right side of case. Replaced brasses with hints of earlier bail-pull scarring visible on a few drawers. No keys. Wine drawer on lower right missing the wine dividers.