Linen press

Creator:
Frothingham, Benjamin, Jr., 1734-1809 (attributed)
Published/Created:
Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1760–1780
Physical Description:
86 1/2 x 41 1/2 x 21 3/4 in.
Materials:
Mahogany; brass
Notes:
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.
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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.
Variant Titles:
Chippendale mahogany linen press
Topics:
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style
Furniture--United States
Period/Style:
Chippendale
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
5166
Genre:
linen presses (AAT)
Format:
Image
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
Rights:
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Access Restrictions:
Public
Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
1957–1990
Source Note:
Sack, October 1981; Sack, 1983
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 10319 cab1dr3 tiff
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
OID:
10968309
PID:
digcoll:844988