Rare American Miniature Spice Chest, Boston, Massachusetts c. 1800-10
White pine secondaries, Mahogany primaries, Mixed Wood Oak-Leaf Inlay
Item # 120009UQR12
This is an exceptional miniature spice chest of drawers in remarkable condition. With a well preserved early and possibly original finish under a later polishing, the overall character of the oxidized and dark finish on the spice chest is compelling. The projecting top is a solid board with an ovular inlaid basket overflowing of oak-leafage with other foliage over an ebonized ground.
The sides of the case dovetail into the floor of the chest and are nailed to the top, brought fully together with the drawer divider bars. The face of the chest is a perfectly graduated set of four drawers, each with a pair of original carved knobs over a ribbed mahogany facade, each dovetailed front and back with a yellow pine bottom, chamfered around the edges along the underside.
The back of the chest is a single board of pine, attached to the chest with interior blocking lining the inside. The chest rests over turned and round bun feet that tenon through and into the bottom of the chest.
This is a simply stunning find for any serious collector of period miniature boxes. In pristine condition, with clean lines and precise craftsmanship, this is truly an investment grade selection for collectors of period Federal furniture.
Measurements: 10 3/4" wide x 6 1/2" deep x 9 1/4" high
Condition Report: Entirely original. Later polishing over what appears to be a fully original finish with no evidence of retouching. Roughness and tiny chips to some pulls. Backboard pulling away slightly at the top, still sturdy. Bottom drawer sticks a little.
Item ID: 120009UQR12
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