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Rare Signed Cherry Chippendale Chest of Drawers
This rare and unusual chest of drawers has the distinction of being both diminutive and initialed. The initials could be those of John Seldon, a Norfolk, VA cabinetmaker who was active between 1756-1778. Perhaps his most famous cataloged piece is the mahogany clothespress made in 1775 who initialed and dated it on the back which is referenced in the book, Southern Furniture 1680-1830: The Colonial Williamsburg Collection, by Ronald Hurst and Jonathan Prown. A chest similar in proportion and design is pictured on page 391, plate 121.1 (seen in this description). The chest we are offering has a molded top with a four drawer arrangement with original post and bale brass over bracket feet. The bracket feet bear the same rounded base characteristic of his known pieces.
Materials and Techniques:
Cherry with tulip poplar drawers and yellow pine.
Very good condition. There is a stain mark on the top of little consequence.
Origin: Norfolk, VA
Date: c. 1775
Dimensions: Width 34.5" [top] | Height 30.75" | Depth 20.5" | Case Width 31.625"