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Chest of Drawers

Petersen, Karsten
Date Made:
walnut and poplar & yellow pine
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DESCRIPTION: Chest of Drawers with two small drawers side by side over three graduated drawers stacked below, all with glass knobs (replaced); each drawer is beaded along top and bottom edges and each has a lock; top three drawers have stamped brass escutcheons (now missing from two bottom drawers); front case On either side of drawer stack) decorated with split spindles with graduated turnings terminating at the top at bottom with turned disks; finish is degraded but looks as though the chest was originally shellacked; split spindles and feet possibly ebonized; all four feet are turned; shaped skirt below slightly rounded bedmolding; bottom of chest is full dustboard; other drawers rest on frames; back composed of horizonal boards nailed on; top has rounded edges and is dovetailed on and slid into place from the front; stamped signature is below front portion of top (now loose due to failed glur block; stamp used to sign chest is the same as the one used to make tools from the shop; drawers have chamfered bottom edges (on three sides) which slide into rabbeted sides with back of drawer bottom extending beyond the drawer back slightly; drawer bottom nailed at the back; drawers are dovetailed front and back . Primary wood is walnut with poplar and yellow pine used as secondary woods.

The surviving account book from the Petersen Shop includes the same of many chest of drawers some with bookcases and some without. The aveage cost of a “Bouro” without a bookcase was $15.00.

Credit Line:
Frank and Carol Holcomb Purchase Fund. Acquired from the Collection of Mickey and Beverly Angell.