American (Lancaster, Pennsylvania or Baltimore, MD), ca 1785-1800. A very fine Federal bowfront chest of drawers in burled walnut, with white pine secondary having a shaped surface over four graduated drawers with oval line inlay and original brass pulls, flanked by chamfered corners with vine inlay decoration, above a scalloped skirt decorated with vine inlay and central fan, all rising on splayed French feet; ht. 38, wd. 38, dp. 25 in. The drawer fronts each lined with August and September, 1799 Lancaster County Gazette newspapers. While the Lancaster newspaper suggests a Pennsylvania origin, the flora inlay on the fan is reminiscent of the Baltimore shop of Bankson and Lawson (see Priddy, Flanigan and Weidman, 2000 The Genesis of Neoclassical Furniture in Baltimore)
Provenance:Property from a Midwestern Collection of Americana
Item is in good condition. Age splits and surface wear present throughout with age and use. Minor repairs present to feet and rear right perimeter of surface board. Area of loss to rear left perimeter of surface board. Small area of repair to left side of case.
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