Federal inlaid mahogany serpentine front chest of drawers from the Salem area, having
a rectangular top featuring thumbnail molded front and sides slightly overhanging the
case; shaped front and canted corners above the conforming case of four long drawers
having lightwood inlaid stringing, each retaining original brasses; the whole on molded
base raised on conforming string inlaid C-shaped canted bracket feet…a continuum of
the case and top corners.
This popular English form was well received and interpreted by Essex County cabinet
makers. The distinctive pointed/chamfered corners were particularly favored and
expressed by the Salem school. Elijah and Jacob Sanderson formed a collective that
produced and shipped furniture to the south and beyond. This form was very popular in
post-revolutionary Charleston; the Salem group produced many fine examples for that
port. The paneled back was widely employed by English and Southern makers, rarely in
New England. It is supposed that the Sanderson’s, et al, may have used this method
when building venture cargo. We feel that the present example is one made for that
market and perhaps not delivered.
Charlestown Furniture by E. Milby Burton, plate 13, 14
Early American Furniture by John Kirk, figure 8
American Case Furniture by Gerald Ward, page 153, plate 71
American Furniture of the Federal Period by Charles Montgomery, plate 142.
Furniture Treasury by Wallace Nutting, plate 255
Condition: Excellent; the outstanding period brasses are the second set.
Additional Information: Carved mahogany block-front chest of drawers; overhanging
rectangular top with shaped front and molded edge above a conformingly shaped
cockbeaded case of four long graduated block-front drawers, on a molded base raised
on blocked bracket feet. The joinery is typical of Boston shop traditions.
A generously proportioned crown molding above a wonderful applied band of scalloped
lobes conforming to front and sides. The case with four graduated overhanging thumb
molded drawers is raised on a molded bracket base sans one return. Original black
paint, lip loss to top of third drawer that we can have restored for buyer. Two brasses
are period replacements. (Height: 38"; width: 41.25"; depth: 19.25")
The overhanging top over a case of four drawers raised on a sophisticated molded
bracket base featuring crisp returns centering central drop finial. Period brasses within
original boring…when discovered the chest had wood pulls; early red varnish over
original red; full height, excellent condition.
(Height; 38"; width: 38.75"; depth: 18.75")
The molded overhanging top above a conforming cockbeaded case oxbow case
containing four graduated drawers, raised on a molded base resting on outstanding
claw-and-ball feet. This piece remains in superb original condition; brasses are likely
original. (H: 35.75”; W: 38”; D: 21.25”)
At the height of the fancy period, shades of soft gray on cream paint trimmed in black
were applied over first red. This country-formal chest purportedly served the original
family in Maine for many generations, thence to a second owner for several decades
before being consigned to us. Slightly projecting top over conforming case containing
four drawers, the whole raised on tall slightly flaring French feet joining curvaceous
apron. Drawers were long-ago fitted with colorless Sandwich Glass pulls. We have
available two sets of period brass repousse pulls.
(Very good condition; displays well; height: 39"; width: 40.5"; depth: 21.75")
The overhanging molded pinned-top features a sharply angulated canted underside
producing a thin edge profile over the case containing four graduated drawers having
thumb- molded overhanging drawers retaining original brass hardware. The case is
raised on a tall lobed bracket base with central drop finial.
Height: 38.5"; width: 40.5"; case width: 36"; depth: 19.5"; case depth: 17.25"
The overhanging icicle inlayed serpentine top featuring shaped sides and double sting
inlayed edge over a case containing four graduated drawers, each having applied
beading. The case is raised on a molded base resting on bracket feet. Brass are not
original to the case. (Excellent condition; Height: 32"; width: 39.25": depth: 21.5")
The molded serpentine top over a conforming case containing four graduated drawers
featuring scratch beading and blocked ends; gadrooned apron joining conforming bold
ogee feet. A lovely chest in very good condition displaying good color.
(Height: 34.5"; width: 41" depth: 21.25")
Overhung molded rectangular top over a narrow case containing four graduated
drawers featuring applied beaded edges…the case on a molded base raised on bracket
feet. The brasses are original; the hodgepodge of period and later posts, although
retained, have been replaced with appropriate matching posts. Very attractive wood.
(Very good condition; height: 32"; width: 38"; depth: 21")
The shaped top with molded edge above a block-end case of four conforming scratch-
beaded graduated long drawers on a molded base with ogee bracket feet. (Brasses are
replaced; sliver size repair to single foot; dry surface with robust patina. The top was
covered for a very longtime producing an area of smooth surface while the front edge is
sugary. Height: 34.5"; width: 39.25"; depth: 21.5")
Slightly projecting molded top above two-short-over-four graduated drawers…all thumb-
molded; molded base raised on tall cutout dovetail joined feet. Early construction
features typical of Suffield shop traditions. See Connecticut Valley Furniture – Eliphalet
Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 by Thomas Kugelman and Alice Kugelman
with Robert Lionetti, page 514, figure 3; “Suffield notch”.
(Generally good condition commensurate with age and use; replaced brasses;
height: 48.5"; width: 36"; depth: 19")
The molded rectangular top over a case of four drawers raised on a molded base
resting of ogee feet in the “Allen” style. Embossed brass oval pulls featuring spread
wing eagles. See Harbor & Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts by Brock
Jobe, Gary Sullivan and Jack Obrien, pp 181 and 182, plates 62 and 62.1 for closely
related feet. (Two side feet restored; one horizontal and three vertical glue blocks
replaced; height: 35.5"; width: 38.5"; depth: 18.25")
A Federal chest featuring slightly projecting bullnose top over a case containing two
short drawers over four long drawers; the bracket feet joining exceptional apron. The
period brasses are the second set within original borings. The case dimensions and
drawer layout are Loomis shop traditions [probably Asa,] which were clearly inspired by
Richard Allison of New York City; layout and dimensions are nearly identical. Also,
vertical backboards joined by floating splines; through tenon top drawer rail, and
bullnose molded top. (Case: 43.5 by 17.5”, top: 45 by 18.5”)
See The Best the Country Affords – Vermont Furniture 1765-1850 by Kenneth Joel
Zogry, pp. 42, 43, plate 15. Also, Rich and Tasty, Vermont Furniture to 1850 by Jean
Burks and Philip Zea, pp. 120, 121, catalog 48. The base on our chest is related to a
chest produced in Western Vermont, see pp. 132, 133, catalog 54.
Scrolled backsplash above ovolo cornered top; case with four beaded drawers featuring
outstanding wood. Turned and reeded engaged columns continuing to tall turned legs
joined by apron; applied reeded moldings at base of case joining front and rear legs.
(Height at backsplash: 46.25"; height: 40.5"; width: 41.5"; depth: 20.5")
Swell-front chest of drawers, having ovolo corners over baluster and ring-turned rope-twist columns continuing to similar feet… the columns flanking four drawers displaying snappy veneer. Original brass. (Width including columns: 42” , depth: 19.5” , height: 39” )
The slightly overhanging molded top over a case having a molded base resting on French feet joined by apron. The drawer fronts feature rosewood banding centered by plain and fancy inlays. The brasses are period, posts are within the original borings.
(Excellent condition; Height: 37.25"; width: 39.75"; depth: 17.5"; top: 41.5 x 18.25")
Mahogany, pine, period brass hardware
The top with thumb-molded edge and serpentine front above a conforming case containing four long graduated drawers…the whole on molded base resting on applied bracket feet. (Height: 31”; Width: 34.5”; Depth: 20.5”)
A carved serpentine front chest featuring a projecting top with molded edge above conforming case having four graduated cockbeaded drawers on a molded base; raised on boldly pronounced shaped ogee feet with shaped returns.
Dimensions: 32.5" H, 39.75" top W, 22" top D, 36.5" case W, 19.75" case D.
The molded rectangular top with oxbow front projecting above a conforming case with four long graduated drawers with molded drawer dividers raised on a molded base with outstanding tall ogee bracket feet having sharp beautifully shaped returns. This chest retains its original brasses. Descended in the family of General John Tyler (Revolutionary War General; aide to George Washington)
(Case W: 36”, D: 19”, H: 32”.)
As depicted, a four-drawer chest having a molded rectangular top with reverse serpentine front edge, and blocked ends on a conforming case containing four graduated drawers with scratch-beaded edges on a molded base, raised on ogee bracket feet with scalloped returns. Although not original, the brasses are period; chest has good old color and patina. (H: 31.75"; W: 38.5"; D: 22.25".)
Cherry oxbow reverse serpentine chest of drawers, dating to the late 18th century,
the shaped and molded overhanging top on a cockbeaded case of four graduated drawers raised on molded base having ogee bracket feet centering drop finial. Brasses are period yet not original.
The solid mahogany bow-front top with cross-banded front edge inlay above a conforming case having four long drawers with applied beaded edges and cross banding inlay centered by outstanding bold curly maple veneer. The scalloped apron raised on flaring French feet with returns. The chest is in an old refinish with great color. Replaced Brasses (Width: 40.25; depth: 18.25; height: 37.25".)
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