Antique New York Chippendale Chest of Drawers, Ca. 1770
America Ca. 1770
A very large four drawer chest made of mahogany on vigorous ball and claw feet with gadrooning carved below the front base molding. It retains nearly all its original brass hardware. Furniture displaying the unique characteristics in the New York fashion before 1780 are uncommon as the population was very small compared to today. In 1780 New York City numbered about 25,000 souls, few of whom could have afforded furniture like this.
If memory serves me, there is a related example in the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum in New York City. The mansion is the oldest surviving house on Manhattan Island. The house served as headquarters for both George Washington and after American forces abandoned Manhattan it was occupied as British headquarters.
Excellent brightly polished antique condition. Both side base moldings are replaced as are all the knee returns. Several drawer lips have been restored with small areas of the drawer faces. All work is professionally done and not noticeable without close examination. A brass drawer handle back plate and one key hole escutcheon have had small missing areas restored.
42 1/2" high, extreme width at the feet 51", extreme depth 26 1/2"