American Chippendale Painted Blanket Chest of Drawers, Pennsylvania c. 1790-1810(262 views)
AMERICAN CHIPPENDALE PAINTED BLANKET CHEST OF DRAWERS
Pennsylvania, c. 1790-1810; Nearly Untouched
Item # 1406IPP23A
This absolute jewel remains in nearly pristine condition, retaining a very early and almost certainly original painted surface with untouched structure and rugged charm. Crafted in Pennsylvania, the style of the hinges and drawer construction suggest the form could be as late as 1810. The heavy and eternal construction, typical of the state, is lightened by the whimsical nature of the painted surface. The whole is framed nicely between the crackled and worn brown top and dark (possibly brown) feet and base molding - the facade is divided evenly into thirds, the upper two-thirds decorated in a speckled ochre embellished by brilliant red rectangular panels with inset corners spaced evenly around the midriff. A thin molding divides the lower one-third, this with a muted earthy red pigment with ochre speckles grounding the three drawers - these have a beautiful teal pigment, the same tone employed in much of the thin molding. Construction of the form is typical of the Southeastern counties of Pennsylvania, the top with open tongues on either end finished in breadboard ends affixed with three wedged through-tenons; note the face of the tenon is left open along the front of the chest, exposing the quality of craftsmanship. This lifts over a pair of wrought iron strap hinges, these moved just slightly to account for shrinkage of the top over time. The interior is clean other than a single till, craftily constructed to conceal three tiny drawers in a compartment beneath the primary space, accessed by lifting upward on the front panel. All three drawers are constructed of poplar, the bottoms deeply chamfered and the backs nailed along the back edge. Likewise, the three large drawers in the lower third of the chest are fully poplar, the bottoms of two drawers half-lapped (two board) and the corners dovetailed. The original locks are retained on all three of these drawers. Separating the three drawers are a series of fluting in the case, bringing some interesting architecture to the form - a very striking embellishment. The feet are dovetailed along the corners, removing the need for corner blocking - however, the craftsman employed two pieces of wood of nearly identical shape to the back foot supports to support the front feet, these set at a ninety-degree angle to the foot. Truly delightful in every way, this is a piece that will be cherished by any serious collector of American antiques. The surface is magnetic, full of life and brings great color and charm to any setting it becomes a part of.
Very early surface, probably the original paint; entire surface heavily worn, scratched and abraded, though the result is very handsome. Period bail pulls in original holes, the hardware is possibly replaced (backs and pins almost certainly replaced); locks original; upper key original, no key for lower drawers; structure untouched. Front left foot cracked and reglued (images show foot prior to being reglued); back right foot facing replaced, all other feet and supports original and untouched; some scroll return losses to bracket feet. Iron hinges original, moved slightly to adjust for shrinkage. Light crack in left breadboard end of the top (not clear in the pictures).
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Dimensions: 51 3/4" wide x 30 7/8" high x 23" deep
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