Rare Antique 1844 Thomas Day Mahogany Dresser / Chest of Drawers. With Letter of Provenance (see last picture). Born into a free Black family in Dinwiddie County, Virginia, Day moved to Milton in 1817 and became a highly successful businessman, boasting the largest and most productive workshop in the state during the 1850s.Day catered to upper-class white clientele and was respected among his peers for his craftsmanship and work ethic. Day came from a relatively well-off family and was privately educated.
Today, Day's pieces are highly sought after and sell for high prices; his work has been heavily studied and displayed in museums such as the North Carolina Museum of History. Day is celebrated as a highly skilled craftsman and savvy businessman, specifically in regards to the challenges his race posed to his success in the Antebellum South. This beautiful dresser measures 49.5" high x 46" wide x 20.25 deep. Please see my other listings for more museum quality Thomas Day pieces from the same estate.