American (Massachusetts), ca 1740. A Queen Anne highboy in maple with Spanish brown paint and pine secondary, upper case having a flat top molded cornice over two aligned and three graduated drawers with original cotter pin chase brasses, lower case with three fitted and dovetailed drawers over a shaped skirt with drop finials rising on tall cabriole legs with padded feet; ht. 66.5, wd. 37, dp. 19 in.
Provenance:Property from a Midwestern Collection of Americana
Top case surface board with rear break, rosehead nails applied to board. Top case back boards appear to be of the 18th century but may not be original to the piece. See difference in photos from bottom to top case backing.
Hairline age split about four inches down rear left leg with very old filler towards bottom of hairline split. All legs with vertical hairline splits and possible repairs. Bottom cases right drawer support being not original but with age.
Chest likely stained reddish brown originally with build up later color and polish.
Please take note of the difference in the bottom and top cases drawer base having been dovetailed into the drawer front on the top case and not on the bottom case.
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