A Handsome Federal mahogany and Inlaid sideboard, attributed to the Rawson Family of cabinetmakers, Providence, Rhode Island, Circa 1815
The style of this attractive, small-size, Federal sideboard is closely associated with the celebrated Providence, Rhode Island cabinetmaker Joseph Rawson Sr. [1760-1835]. Joseph Rawson was a member of the prolific Providence cabinetmaking family that was in production from the 1740’s through the 1890’s. The eldest son of Grindal Rawson [1719-1803], Joseph trained in his father’s highly successful shop. His father was producing enough furniture that in 1800, it was necessary to employ the impressive number of twenty-five apprentices. The vibrant mahogany and dramatic bird’s-eye maple veneers exemplify the restrained elegance typical of Rawson’s Federal furniture.
The sideboard, which has a warm color and patina, has a rectangular top with cross-banded and line-inlaid edge above a conforming case. The case is fitted with two short drawers flanking a long central drawer. Each of the drawers has a bright bird’s-eye maple veneer and is separated with match-stick inlaid panels and mahogany cross banded borders. The lower case steps back to a bank of three large cabinet doors with vibrant mahogany crotch grained veneers. The center door is flanked by a pair of small candle drawers above a pair of deep bottle drawers, each with bird’s-eye fronts. The cabinets are separated by outset legs that are reeded and ring turned with, disk feet. The bottom edge of the case has an apron of bird’s-eye maple that is incorporated into the turnings of the legs.
Dimensions: Height: 41 ¾”; Width 68 ½”; Depth 28 ¼”
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