This is a most desirable, folky chest of drawers. It is likely from Southwestern Virginia, but there also are examples from Eastern Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. The inset side panels and the round turned legs are all suggestive of an early 19th century origin, ca. 1810. The fielded panels are very familiar to most Southern collectors, also well known in the Valley and all along the Great Road.
The overall primary case work is black walnut and the secondary wood is Southern Yellow Pine. The bone inlay at the top of the front stiles is also seen fairly often as a folky motif. All in all, this is chest of drawers that makes one smile!
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