Chippendale Block Front Chest (Boston, Mass)

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A fine and important Chippendale mahogany block front chest of drawers, Boston, circa 1760.

A fine and important Chippendale mahogany block front chest of drawers, Boston, circa 1760. This very finely proportioned Boston area block front chest of drawers is constructed of the finest figured mahogany in a pleasing small size. The rectangular, molded, overhanging top has a rounded blocked front, conforming to the lower chest of drawers. The case is comprised of four graduated blocked front long drawers each with bead molded drawer dividers and surrounds. The richly figured drawer fronts are mounted with original Chippendale latticework brass pulls and matching lock escutcheons. The conforming step molded skirt joins four handsomely carved and proportioned ball and claw feet with shaped returns. The center of the apron is fitted with an original lobed drop, a rare survivor.
The superior proportions are exhibited in how the line of the otter edge of the drawer blocking follows through the skirt and onto the cabriole leg. The knee return is similarly aligned with the curved blocking of the drawer and skirt; the overall effect creates a smooth transition from case to foot.
The chest retains a pleasant old surface with a mellow patina. The Boston origin is confirmed by how the lower molding joins the case with a single large dovetail, a construction detail indicative of a Boston cabinetmaker. The exceptionally small size of the piece and the highly original state of condition, combine to make this an important example of Boston block front furniture

Dimensions: Height 33 ½”; Case width 32 ¾”; width 37 1/4; Depth 20 3/4



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