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Centrally fitted with four concave-shaped graduating drawers, flanked by eight graduating drawers, raised on bracket feet.
36 x 67 x 22 1/2 in.Note: This unusual dressing chest is based on plate #17 of Thomas Shearer's, The Cabinet Maker's London Book of Prices and Designs of Cabinet Work, published by the London Society of Cabinet Makers, London, in the 1780's. Shearer's example illustrates a bow-front chest not a more unusual concave-front on the offered lot. Three other examples are known, also with bow-fronts: Sotheby's, NY, May 22, 2003, lot 254, The collection of Meyer and Vivian Potamkin, The Magazine Antiques of January 1988 was referenced as a similar piece was in an advertisement by Flanigan and Stone. The second example is in Wallace Nutting, The Furniture Treasury, plate #258, as a 15 drawer chest owned by Edward Bringhurst. The third example was illustrated in William M. Hornor, Blue Book Philadelphia Furniture, 1977, plate #181, also a 15 drawer chest, described as, "a perfect example of XVIII century workmanship", owned by Mrs. John Thompson Spencer.