Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1760–1780
86 1/2 x 41 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.
Sack catalogue description: Original catalogue description (October 1981) – A blockfront masterpiece, Chippendale San Domingan mahogany linen press, the compact and dynamic proportions of this creation show the hand of a master of the Chippendale form; the bold blockfront drawers retain the original brasses with hinged keyhole cover to the escutcheons, the case is supported on bracket feet with a scrolled center pendant, the upper case has five drawers for linen with original brasses of a different pattern enclosed by two doors with chamfered panels; the upper edge conforms to the shape of the arch, a sliding shelf below all flanked by fluted columns, the graceful broken arch top has finely carved terminals; original flame finials, fine bronze patina. Attributed to Benjamin Frothingham; this piece descended in the Robbins family of Brush Hill, Milton, Massachusetts, and was purchased by us from descendants. Updated catalogue description (1983) – Probably the most successful linen press to have passed through our hands, the Chippendale mahogany Massachusetts blockfront example possessing all the elements of good blockfront design found in the best chest-on-chests yet ingenuously treated with architectural genius in its shaped paneled doors and exciting upper case drawer treatment with pull-out slide and an imposing array of brass handles and escutcheons. ----- Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, p. 1826–1827 and 1872–1873, pl. P5166.
Chippendale mahogany linen press
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style Furniture--United States
linen presses (AAT)
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Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, October 1981; Sack, 1983 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.