Handsome Federal Bowfront Chest with Maine Provenance
Handsome Bowfront with Maine Provenance
Federal bowfront chest of drawers of probable Maine origin. Nicely crafted with parallel string inlay around the top edges, light contrasting inlay outlining the drawers and particularly vibrant mahogany veneer on the drawer fronts. Brasses are original. The chest probably was made in Maine, possibly by the Radford brothers of Portland, who were active about the time this piece was made. 1800-1810. The Maine connection is established by a label on the back stating:
Lent by Hannah Woodman,
75 Vaughan Street,
Colonial Dames of Maine,
On the bottom of the top drawer is an inscription with similar information but adding that it was lent to Tate House in the Stroudwater section of Portland.
Hannah Woodman was from a prominent Portland family, which had lived at that address near the Western Promenade for many years.
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