Mid-Atlantic, possibly Virginia, chest of drawers or bureau with distinctive heart and tulip or fleur-des-lis inlay, cherry primary, with lightwood inlay, tiger maple accents, and yellow pine secondary wood. Overhanging solid-board top, with inset cyma reversa (round and cove) moldings below, over six drawers- two side-by-side above four graduated drawers – above cyma recta (cove and round) moldings over straight bracket feet with ogee returns. Quarter round inset columns of tiger maple flank the drawers. The back is composed of five full-height boards tongue-and-grooved together, while the drawer bottoms are multiple full-depth boards shiplapped together. Sliding dovetails attach the base to the drawer sides, while the rest of the case exhibits mortise-and-tenon construction with visible pins and dovetails drawers. 1790-1810. Provenance: A Private Southern Collection. NOTE: The inlay of this piece relate it to pieces in the Winterthur Museum (accession # 1967.1724) and the Museum of Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA, accession #3564). The MESDA piece is attributed to Christopher Slusher, who was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania before working in Frederick County, MD and the Shenandoah Valley and finally settling in Floyd County, Virginia in 1800. The piece offered for sale shares construction similarities with the MESDA corner cupboard, including shiplapped drawer bottoms. 54''H x 45''W x 21 1/4''D. Provenance: private Kentucky collection. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Some use wear. Base molding and foot facings are 20th century replacements but the chest appears to retain original facings behind the 20th century replacements. One inlaid tulip escutcheon partially replaced with bone. Brasses replaced. Some patches, including the full front edge of the top. Minor interior ink stains to some drawers.
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