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Chest of Drawers

Place Made:
Western Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
walnut –yellow pine –poplar
HOA: 40 1/2; WOA: 39 1/8; DOA: 23 3/8
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Federal chest of drawers with shaped front formed by outward coved ends converging on a straight center, these veneered with matched panels of flame-grained walnut; the whole supported by a molded base and flared “French” feet; four graduated drawers with applied beading; applied and molded top; flower pulls.

ATTRIBUTION: This chest is one of three similar pieces. The other two have histories of early upper Valley ownership.

STYLE: The particular form of the shaped front is apparently unique to this area and to central Kentucky, where it is seen on console and dining table ends. While the use of walnut and walnut veneer in the last decade of the eighteenth century may place the chest outside of a large urban area, the laminated white pine drawer front core, sophisticated construction and design mark this piece as having been made by a city-trained cabinetmaker of first ability.

Credit Line:
Lent by Kaufman Americana Foundation