A Mahogany Chippendale Block-Front Bureau with
Boston, c. 1760-80
This is a 38 in. wide block
front chest with a radiant mahogany red shining through
its dark old surface (see
detail) that only a period piece of mahogany from
Cuba which hasn't been sanded down and refinished.
The brasses are the original thin, pierced type which
is very rare. Note that small portions of some of
the brass are missing, but it is part of its history
we prefer not to tamper with.
The top is clearly original
and has a rather small overhang, given its 38 in.
case size, so as not to make its scale unduly large.
The feet exhibit the same surface and quality as the
rest of the piece, however, the blocking has been
changed, probably lost through the years, and replaced
over time, so that there is always a question of "Are
they original?". We believe so, as the surface,
color, and age conform clearly to the rest of the
piece. The feet are not reduced as the height is normal
and the unfinished surfaces on the feet bottoms exhibit
related chests are illustrated in The New Fine
Points of Early American Furniture by Albert Sack
Height: 34 in.
Case Width: 38 in. Depth: 20 in.
Overall Width: 39 1/2 in.