Diminutive country Chippendale chest of drawers
Rhode Island or Massachusetts, circa 1780
Maple, chestnut, white pine, with original hardware, 25 ½ x 30 x 14 ¾ inches
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This is a finely miniaturized version of a classic New England tall chest, with split top drawers and bracket feet, and mellow color. The use of wooden-spring “Quaker” drawer locks and chestnut drawer linings are indicative of early case furniture made in Rhode Island and parts of southeastern Massachusetts. The original pierced Chippendale brasses of a rare design add an element of sophistication to this beautifully proportioned little gem.