A Rare Federal Inlaid
Chest with Upper Compartment, Saco, ME, c.1810
This bureau is beautifully
crafted with a rarely seen upper compartment that
is absolutely original to the piece, which is in a
fine state of preservation including its original
brasses. Backboards of the upper and lower cases match
exactly, etc. Note the wonderful broken columns inlaid
between the bird's eye maple ovals (see details).
Certainly, this is a more provincial look at the work
being done in Boston by the Seymours. We think this
is probably Saco, Maine school because of the high
level of inlay work, and the more provincial design
construction of the legs. This piece is a rare masterpiece
and is worthy, given its unique design. Note, that
the doors open to shelves which flank a set of rather
large drawers, which would be excellent for fine small
garments, scarves, etc.
61 1/4 in. Width: 41 1/2 in. Depth: 20 1/2 in.