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American dresser in cherry and tiger maple

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19th Century


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F144. American early 19th Century chest of drawers, rich dark reddish-brown cherry and golden figured tiger-maple, having a two-board cherry top with a rounded edge, overhanging a cherry beaded case fitted with six tiger-maple drawers, two small paired drawers projecting above three graduated long drawers flanked by turned and carved pilasters, supported on four short legs each turned with two rings spooled over a vase, ring and spooled ball foot. Each of the pilasters is turned with a column of six balls centering two spooled balls continuing with two rings, capped by blocks which are relief-carved with small diamonds evoking the surface of a pineapple which was a symbol of hospitality at this time.
The drawers are mounted with turned cherry “mushroom”-shaped knobs, one centering the small upper drawers and two paired on the long drawers. Additionally, except for the upper right drawer, each of the drawers are fitted with a metal lock corresponding to an oval stamped brass molded escutcheon.
Dating is c. 1820-1840. Mortised construction. The drawer boxes are hand-dovetailed with chamfered bottoms. Poplar secondary wood. Good overall condition. Refinished. The escutcheons and drawer pulls are latter replacements; an escutcheon has been added to the small drawer on the right which does not have a lock. Measures 50" tall, 43 ¼" wide and 22 ¼" deep.

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