This walnut chest of drawers with slender cabriole legs terminating in slipper feet is the earliest stylistic example of a distinctive Chester County furniture form made with removeable legs. It is also the only example to combine the use of raised panel ends, double beaded drawers, and slipper feet. Later examples of tall chests with removable legs are associated with cabinetmaker Benjamin Garrett of Goshen Township, Chester County, who in 1786 signed and dated one now in the collection of the Chester County Historical Society (see Paint, Pattern & People, pp. 162-3). This example has the name of an early owner, Samuel Sharp, incised on the bottom of a drawer. Born in 1737, Samuel likely inherited the piece from his father; the Sharp family lived near Avondale, Pennsylvania.
Excellent condition; brass hardware is replaced based on the original pattern.
|Dealer||Philip Bradley Antiques|
|Origin||Chester County, PA|
|Measurements||H. 60, W. 37 1/2 (case), D. 22 inches|
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|Contact||Philip Bradley, 610-269-0427 or firstname.lastname@example.org|