Chest-on-chest

Creator:
Frothingham, Benjamin, Jr., 1734-1809 (attributed)
Published/Created:
Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1760–1780
Physical Description:
90 x 42 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
Materials:
Mahogany; brass
Notes:
Sack catalogue description: Chippendale mahogany blockfront chest-on-chest, the lower case drawers with square blocking, the blocking of the top drawer with rounded corners; the bracket feet with cyma scrolled and spurred inner outline continue the line of the blocking, fan-carved center pendant, the drawers of the upper case are flanked by fluted pilasters; the top row is formed of three drawers, the center drawer fan-carved with thumbnail borders, the end drawers shaped to follow line of the arch; superbly carved original open flame finials supported on fluted plinths, the masterpiece features are the golden brown patina of great depth and mellowness, the piece retains the original brass handles and escutcheons; a Massachusetts masterpiece attributed to Benjamin Frothingham. The attribution to Frothingham is based on the relationship of the blocking and carved open flame finials on a labeled chest-on-chest in The Magazine Antiques (February 1952): frontispiece, and the blocked bracket feet on a labeled chest of drawers, illustrated in The Magazine Antiques (February 1952): p. 395.
Related objects: Journal/Periodical: The Magazine Antiques (February 1952): frontispiece and p. 395.
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Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 8, p. 2178–2179, pl. P5661.
Variant Titles:
Chippendale mahogany blockfront chest-on-chest
Topics:
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style
Furniture--United States
Period/Style:
Chippendale
Culture:
American
Accession Number:
5661
Genre:
chests: chests-on-chests (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, February 1985
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder:
Folder 10667 cab2enddr3
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
oid pointer:
10962022
OID:
11861402
PID:
digcoll:847088

Number of Pages: 3
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