AMERICAN FEDERAL INLAID MAHOGANY SPICE CHEST, Boston, Massachusetts c. 1805-15 - Oak Leaf Basket Inlay; White Pine and Mahogany secondaries; Mahogany primaries; Rosewood bun feet; Mixed wood inlay
Item # 120009UQR12
This is a beautiful miniature chest of drawers from the American Federal Period, probably Massachusetts c. 1805-15. With a well preserved surface under a later polishing, the overall character of the oxidized and dark finish against the fine ribbed mahogany grains of the chest is compelling to say the least. 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, stretched against the three drawer blades that tenon into either side of the case. 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 white pine bottom, chamfered around the edges along the underside. While we can't decipher the inscription, the bottom drawer has a teal tone scrolling that might shed light on the history of the object with further research The back of the chest is a single board of white pine, a hand planed replaced piece that is affixed attached to the chest with replaced interior blocking lining the inside. The chest rests over turned and round Rosewood bun feet that tenon through and into the bottom of the chest.
A very nice find for any serious collector of period antique miniature boxes, with clean lines and very careful craftsmanship, this is an investment grade selection for collectors of period Federal furniture. The replaced backboard and blocking may cause some pause for the purist, but the crisp and somewhat uncommon inlaid top coupled with pristine craftsmanship make this one of the finer miniature boxes we've had the opportunity to carry.
Measurements: 10 3/4" wide x 6 1/2" deep x 9 1/4" high
Condition Report: Very slight "crookedness" from shrinking over the years. Backboard and interior blocks replaced; backboard curving away at the top slightly from shrinkage. Finish not original. Pulls original with tiny chipping. Bottom drawer tight.
Item # 120009UQR12 - *disregard Ruby Lane's item ID for this object*