Museum Quality Federal Period Cherry and Curly Maple Four Graduated Drawer Dresser

This is a wonderful example of a flat-front, graduated drawer dresser popular in the period 1790-1820.

The primary woods are cherry for the case and skirt and curly maple for the drawer fronts. The secondary woods are poplar for the drawer sides, back and bottom and pine for the case back and lower support pieces. The classically proportioned case with graduated curly maple drawers sits on a scalloped skirt terminating in French feet.

The piece was well made with solid drawer separators and mortise locks on all four drawers. The sides are single board construction and the top is two board construction.

It was very likely made in Connecticut as it has design and production elements usually associated with the Connecticut River Valley: cherry is the primary wood, hidden dovetail construction in the case and drawer separator rails, scalloped skirt design and the choice of poplar for the drawer secondary wood.

There is evidence of an early (well done) repair to the legs and there is a wood movement split in the left side. The upper case molding has come loose and been tacked in place. The drawers originally had knob pulls that were replaced with period Federal oval brasses. It is likely the finish has been professionally restored. With this dresser's age considered, it has been well cared for and survives in very good condition.

The elegant Federal lines and the contrasting dark cherry and lighter curly maple combine to make this a beautiful addition to any decor.

The dimensions are 41 1/2" tall x 39" length x 20 3/4" width.

Because of its size and weight this dresser needs to be carefully packaged and skidded. Shipping costs will be quoted at the time of your purchase offer. We can offer personal delivery within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Item ID: FR068

$4,750 USD

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Doug Robinson, Lower Gwynedd, PA   

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