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Very Fine Diminutive Federal Brass Inlaid Mahogany Chest of Drawers

Origin United States, New York
Period 19th Century
Materials Mahogany Veneer, White Pine ,Tulip Poplar and Brass.
Dimensions
W. 36.5 in; H. 36 in; D. 21.25 in;
W. 92.71 cm; H. 91.44 cm; D. 53.98 cm;
Condition Excellent. The chest has survived in virtually perfect condition. The brass is all original. Wood re-finished with shellac in the manner of the period. Brass restored to its original matte and burnished lacquered appearance.
Creation Date 1805-1810
Description The oblong, cross banded top with reeded edge, inlaid with brass stringing on a conforming case with four flat drawers with brass bale handle drawer pulls with stamped brass back plates, flanked by vertical reeding raised on turned and reeded tapering legs terminating in brass ferule socket feet. The brass drawer pull are original and are stamped "HJ".

This is a rare form and desirable size. Indeed, it has no exact counterpart in the literature and museum collections of the period although a similar bureau with an upper layer of short drawers is in the collection of Boscobel Restoration and illustrated in Berry Tracy's Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts at Boscobel (New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981), p. 97. The evident entasis of the reeded legs is reminiscent of the legs on a Sheraton scroll-back sofa in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Stylistically, it is related to the furniture that Duncan Phyfe was making for his client William Bayard in 1807 and a work table that bears Phyfe's label, made about the same time. The cross banding and string inlay of the top is very rare and indicates a high level of refinement and the hand of a top cabinetmaker.
Styles / Movements Federal, Neoclassical, Sheraton
Book References Berry Tracy, Federal Furniture and Decorative Arts at Boscobel (New York, Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1981), p. 97.
Incollect Reference Number 104931
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