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A William and Mary Figured Cherrywood and Oak Flat Top High Chest of Drawers, Mid-Atlantic States, circa 1750

the top drawers previously fitted with Quaker locks, one retained though likely replaced, appears to retain its original hardware.

Height 62 x width 37 1/4 x depth 20 3/4 inches. 

Provenance:Property from the Collection of the Alexander Morris Family, Princeton, New Jersey

Condition:

In overall fine and stable condition. Appears to retain its original drawer pulls, evidenced by wear patterns around each pull.  It is our opinion that the top and base section are original to one another.  There are square mortises cut into the top of the base that allow for the protruding dovetails joints at the bottom of the top section to remain safely in position. The feet show good age and consistent coloration, suggesting they are original or early replacements. Several old nailheads showing throughout. Old, scuffs, marks and scratches consistent with age and use. Few age cracks throughout. Refinished surface. There is an old, 2" loss running the width of the back edge of the bottom board of the top section. Three of the legs appear to be replaced, including the two central legs and the proper, back right leg, this is evidenced by a slight difference in the turning at the top of the leg and their overall color.  When seeing these issues with the legs, one must consider if any issues exist with the stretcher, which appear to show age and seems to be original, but it may be an early replacement.  There is a 3" patch along the lower edge trim at the back left of the top section.  The drawer dovetails show newer nails in some areas to strengthen those joints effected by shrinkage. 

Secondary wood: White pine

Estimate: $5,000 - $10,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$5,000
03/09/2021

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