Charlestown, Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States ca. 1760–1780
90 x 42 1/2 x 22 1/2 in.
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. ----- 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.
Chippendale mahogany blockfront chest-on-chest
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style Furniture--United States
chests: chests-on-chests (AAT)
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New York, New York, United States 1957–1990
Sack, February 1985 This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.