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Sat, Aug 3, 2019 11:00AM EDT
Lot 200

Federal Inlaid Mahogany Concave Dressing Chest, New York or Philadelphia

Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000
Sold for

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$0 $25
$200 $50
$500 $100
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$30,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000

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.


Age cracks on the top and sides with minor veneer losses. Handles replaced. Minor veneer losses around the drawers. Structurally sound, unusual form.Not withstanding this report or any discussion concerning condition of a lot, all lots are offered and sold "as is" in accordance with our conditions of sale.