FINE AMERICAN FEDERAL MINIATURE MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS. New York or possibly New Jersey, c. It was crafted with utmost care and attention to detail, allowing potential customers to see exactly what level of craftsmanship they could expect in a full size chest of drawers. The top is a beautiful show of straight grains framed in a double-bead of stringer inlay affixed to the case with screws through cross braces both fore and aft of the case, these presumably sliding into the sides with small dovetails. The interior is simple and clean, each drawer blade backed by white pine core and a pair of flanking runners resting in grooves on either side.
Each drawer is carefully cut with neat and clean dovetailing, the bottom boards very lightly chamfered along the edges and set in the sides above the thin runner, the backs tacked with two to three iron brads. The little brass knobs on each drawer are period but are not original, the light impressions of early brass knobs still evident on the facade, though the replacement was very respectful of the case and utilized the original holes. Each drawer is edged in a bright stringer inlay. The back is a single plank of white pine that has split from shrinkage over the years, the edges nailed with large square forged iron nails in even rows, each untouched.
The whole of the form rests over refined and boldly splayed French feet flanking the hollowed-serpentine skirt. This skirt is very distinctive, most often identified with works of the Allison brothers in New York, though it is impossible to suggest an attribution off of this detail. Several interesting examples of identical skirt and foot design are noted below, all with New York (two with possible New Jersey) origin. The feet are untouched and fully original.
1800-15, New York, Michael Allison, p. 432-33 two tea caddies, c. Scherer, New York State Museum; p. 1812, New York City, Richard Allison, p.
1807, Coxsackie, New York, J. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, acc. 32.55.3 identical skirt, also by Michael Allison of New York c. Materials: mahogany and mahogany veneers for primary surfaces; light toned stringer inlay, possibly satinwood; eastern white pine secondaries (backboards, underside, interior and all drawer secondaries); original square forged nails affixing back boards Measurements.15 7/8" wide x 7 3/8" deep (at feet) x 16 1/4 high. Condition Report: Old refinish, surface remaining in excellent condition; tip of front left foot patched; feet are original with untouched blocking; brass knobs are replacements using the same holes; a few drawer stops replaced. Please scroll down to view all images for a full overview of condition. My name is Andrew Silla and my wife and I own and operate Silla, ltd in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. You can read more about our gallery by clicking here. Finding these pieces is a hunt, a journey and we pursue each piece in the collection for a reason. Thank you for taking the time to look through our pieces and we look forward to working with you! _gsrx_vers_841 GS 7.0.16 (841). The item "MINIATURE JEWELRY BOX American Federal Mahogany Chest of Drawers, c. 1800-1815" is in sale since Tuesday, March 24, 2020. This item is in the category "Antiques\Decorative Arts\Woodenware\Boxes". The seller is "sillafineantiques" and is located in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States, all countries in Europe, Canada, China, Japan, Brazil, Australia.