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CHIPPENDALE CHEST ON CHEST Made by Benjamin Ross

Documentation Signed
Origin United States
Period 18th Century
Materials Mahogany, Pine, Oak.
Dimensions
W. 37.75 in; H. 87 in; D. 20.75 in;
W. 95.89 cm; H. 220.98 cm; D. 52.71 cm;
Creation Date 1770
Description Inscribed “Mr. Rofs, Joiner” on its Top Board
Made by Benjamin Ross (Died 1775)
Boston, Circa 1770

Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: White Pine, Oak Drawer Interiors in Desk

Provenance: Ex. Collection: Francis P. Garvan, New York.

Reference: Illustrated in American Art Association – Anderson Galleries, Inc., Selection from the Collections of Francis P. Garvan, January 1931, pages 280-281, lot 400.

Myrna Kaye lists Benjamin Ross as a cabinetmaker in “Boston Furniture Craftsmen” in Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century. Although little is currently known of Benjamin Ross’ career and life he certainly was one of the leading cabinet-makers in Boston in the third quarter of the 18th century. Of particular interest on this chest on chest is the original set of fire gilt rococo brasses.
Styles / Movements Chippendale, Traditional
Dealer Reference Number 6582.1
Incollect Reference Number 356828
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