Federal walnut tall chest of drawers, poplar secondary, possibly Tennessee. Comprised of a cove molded cornice over string inlaid frieze and three-over-five graduated dovetailed drawers fitted with oval brass pulls. String inlaid stiles and straight skirt joined by French flared bracket feet. Previous owner's name and address inscribed en verso. 65 7/8" H x 45" W x 22 3/4" D. First quarter 19th century. Provenance: the estate of Victor T. Patterson, Franklin, TN. Note: born in Georgia and educated at the Parsons School of Design, Victor Patterson served as a cultural representative to Russia with Dwight D. Eisenhower's "People to People" program (prior to its privatization) before moving to the Nashville, Tennessee area to pursue a career in interior design. He was associated with Bradford's for many years before starting his own business. He decorated the Tennessee Governor's Mansion and the home of several country music stars in the 1970s, and filled his home on Franklin's historic Fourth Avenue with art and antiques from his frequent travels. CONDITION: Refinished. Top right drawer with vertical crack to left side of drawer facing. Third full length drawer with vertical repair/splice to right side drawer front. Age cracks to right side with fill material. Old repair to upper left front of cornice. Minor abrasions to top of cornice. Lower two drawers with minor build up of drawer sides.
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