Frothingham, Benjamin, Jr., 1734-1809 (attributed)
Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
Charlestown, Suffolk county, Massachusetts, United States
ca. 1760–1780
Physical Description:
88 x 42 x 22 1/2 in.
Mahogany; brass
Sack catalogue description: Chippendale mahogany broken arch top chest-on-chest, the drawers of the lower case section formed of oxbow fronts with blocked ends, the top drawer blocking crested by a concave center arch flanked by two convex arches; double ogee bracket feet, the inner bracket following the contour of the blocking, the upper case section has five rows of graduated drawers; the top row with a fan-carved center drawer and two end drawers, the drawers are flanked by fluted columns with Corinthian carved capitals, broken arch top with carved rosette terminals; original flame finials, original important willow brasses, superb state of preservation; retains the original mellow light brown patina, among the choicest examples of its type, having only recently come to light. Boston or Charlestown, Massachusetts. The attribution to Benjamin Frothingham is based on features contained on labeled examples illustrated in "Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century, A Conference": 1) Plate 1, double ogee bracket feet on labeled blockfront chest-on-chest; 2) Breasted top drawer, labeled slant-top desks, pl. 163 and 164. This chest-on-chest was purchased from the Mary C. Lodge estate and descended directly through that family. This piece is virtually identical to a chest-on-chest in the Henry Ford Museum, illustrated in Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American, p. 116, and Nutting, Furniture Treasury, p. 297.
Related objects: Conference publication: "Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century: A Conference Held by the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 11 and 12 May 1972" (Boston: Colonial Society of Massachusetts, 1972), pl. 1, 163 and 164. Book: Albert Sack, Fine Points of Furniture: Early American (New York: Crown Publishers, 1955), p. 116. Book: Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (London: Macmillan Publishing Co., 1928), p. 297.
Bibliography: Book: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–1990), vol. 7, p. 1985–1986 and 2014–20145, pl. P5240.
Variant Titles:
Chippendale mahogany broken arch top chest-on-chest
Decoration and ornament--Chippendale style
Furniture--United States
Accession Number:
chests: chests-on-chests (AAT)
Physical Object
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Prints & Photographs
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Source Title:
Israel Sack, Inc., Archive
Source Created:
New York, New York, United States
Source Note:
Sack, 1983
This information is taken from the Israel Sack Furniture Archive and may not reflect current scholarship.
Folder 10667 cab2enddr3
Yale Collection:
Yale University Art Gallery
Digital Collection:
Israel Sack Furniture Archive
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