Chest of Drawers
Cherry with Poplar secondary
String inlays
Kentucky
Circa 1800

37″ H, 42.5″ W, 18.75″ D

This handsome, inlaid cherry chest of drawers has a long history of descent within the Frazer/Redd/Gaitskill families of Kentucky.  It was inherited by the present owner from her mother via her grandmother, Elizabeth Redd Gaitskill.   Elizabeth was the daughter of Oliver Frazer Gaitskill whose father, Oliver Frazer Redd was the great grandchild of Kentucky artist Oliver Frazer.  The styling and construction of the chest are conventional with the exception of the unusual structure of the chest’s base.  Rather than an enclosed, solid bottom the base of the chest consists of a thick, 12” wide board running horizontally which is dovetailed into the chest’s vertical sides.   Additional research regarding the unusual construction feature may link the chest to a larger group or shop.  The overall condition of the chest is sound although the backboards have been replaced.  The brasses are in their original borings and may be original.

 

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