At first glance, this looks like a mahogany case with tiger maple drawer fronts, which speaks well of the maker! This is actually a pine chest with a faux painted case and with faux painted drawer fronts, a rare survivor from those people in the 1950s who formerly had a penchant for restoring the paint to the “natural” wood. Instead, this one still, miraculously, has its original paint! Chests of drawers are the most basic household piece today or, like this one, from 200 years ago, being made about 1815. The typical naming of this piece is to call it a Sheraton Chest. A better naming is American Fancy. The now classic book, American Fancy, written by Sumpter Priddy, shows chests and other painted pieces in exquisite detail from an academic and scholarly perspective (a book everyone should have in their library).
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