Southern Chippendale Chest of Drawers or Bureau, cherry and poplar with molded rectangular top, two deep drawers flanking a prospect or cupboard door over three graduated drawers with molded edges. Nailed and dovetailed construction, full dustboards. Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts documentation label in top left drawer (September 11, 1982; #11590). 38-1/2"H (including feet) x 41-1/2"W x 19-1/8"D. Circa 1795-1805. Illustrated, p. 202 The Art and Mystery of Tennessee Furniture by Nathan Harsh and Derita Williams. Provenance: Acquired in the 1920s in Middle Tennessee and attributed to Middle Tennessee in the book, although this early form with cupboard door section is most commonly associated with Virginia and this piece has been attributed to Virginia by the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. However, most Virginia examples have yellow pine present as a secondary wood. This example has no yellow pine present, only poplar, the commonly used secondary wood of Middle Tennessee. Provenance: the estate of Margaret Wemyss Connor, Nashville, Tennessee. Condition: Feet and brasses replaced, crack to top, original hinges, one drawer lock missing, older but not original surface.
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