High chest of drawers (Philadelphia Chippendale highboy), ca. 1770
Courtesy of The Colonial...
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Courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Hennage,

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Philadelphia Chippendale high chest of drawers with moulded serpentine scrolls ending at flowers. They flank a central rococo open scrolled cartouche; at their outer ends are short plinths with flaming urn finials. The pediment's tympanum has an elaborate central shell flanked by scrolls of foliage. The upper case has eight drawers with thumbnail-moulded edges; the lower case has a long, shallow drawer over three short, small ones. The skirts of the lower drawer are cut away in an elaborate pattern of curves and countercurves; a shell is applied to the center of the front skirt for emphasis. The cabriole legs end in claw-and-ball feet; the front knees are ornamented with carved grasses. Fluted quarter columns are set into the outer edges of the upper and lower cases.
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