AMERICAN HEPPLEWHITE WALNUT CHEST OF DRAWERS, Mid Atlantic States, c. 1790-1810
Item # 1402SQP15PA
Crafted of solid walnut primary surfaces, this very attractive chest of drawers boasts clean and undistracted lines. The top is edged with an attractive molding, projecting softly over a facade of four graduated drawers. The walnut planks selected for the front of the chest are a testament to the craftsman's eye - each boldly grained board flows with a soft harmony from one into the next, the vibrance and golden glow of the planks making the case truly stand above it's peers. The drawers are outlined in a ovular stringer inlay and edged with cockbead molding around the large matched dovetails, the bottom board chamfered along the edges and sliding into grooves in the sides of the drawer. The brasses are period and appear for all intents to be the first brasses on the case - however, our analysis is that the case originally had brass knobs, these leaving just a single hole - these oval brasses were exchanged for the knobs at some point early in the life of the chest. The chest rests over splayed french feet, these replaced with utmost respect to the form of the case - each is crafted in a period manner, the edges hand chiseled and left unfinished and rose head nails utilized for the blocking. Rough hand hewn blocks secure the delicate feet permanently in position.. For anyone passionate about American Federal antiques, this is a very attractive acquisition that remains in a simply gorgeous state of preservation, the surface well maintained and with only minor dings and abrasions throughout.
Materials: Poplar (drawer bottoms, sides); Walnut (some drawer backs, all primary surfaces); Chestnut (some drawer backs, backboards)
Measurements: 40 1/4” wide x 21” deep x 36 1/4” high
Condition Report: Top with a patched knot; drawers with four small patches. Left brass pull on top drawer shifted, though all brasses show every indication of being original, possibly suggesting the case used to have knobs instead of oval brasses. Wells for the pins appear to be somewhat recently deepened, the oxidization mismatched between the chipping of lower depth, further supporting this assumption. Replaced locks, no key. Yellow pine runners added inside of the case for all drawers, probably replacing strips that fell out. All feet replaced, though in a manner showing great skill: each is hand carved, hand chiseled on the inside and utilizes rose head nails for the triangular blocking. Front right foot with old tape residue from being repaired, the joint between the front and facing still open (but very stable). Surface in very nice condition with just light scuffing and abrasions here and there. Drawers with some restoration (some backs replaced, some runners replaced/repaired).
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