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IMPORTANT SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA LATE FEDERAL INLAID WALNUT CHILD'S CHEST OF DRAWERS, of outstanding proportions, the block-end swell-front top above a conforming case set with a slightly overhanging top drawer and three graduated lower drawers, each with highly figured face, applied cockbeading, original turned knobs, and kite-form escutcheon, flanked by finely turned half columns, and fielded-panel ends; the whole raised on ebonized turned feet. Delicate meandering leafy vine inlays to the front edge of the top and upper stiles. Yellow pine secondary wood. Retains its original dry surface. Probably Rockingham or Shenandoah Co., VA. Circa 1830. 29 1/2" H, 22 1/2" x 15 1/2" top.
Literature: See Jeffrey S. Evans (T/A GVA), The Mac & Dolly McKenney Collection, 3/24/2007, lot 240 for a stand table exhibiting nearly identical vine inlays that was found in Rockingham Co., VA. Two other stand tables from the same shop have been recorded, one in the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley collection, the other illustrated in Lynch, Furniture Antiques Found in Virginia, p. 15. Both have a history of being found in Rockingham Co., VA.
Catalogue Note: The construction and proportions of this little chest are exceptional. It has descended directly in the Harrison/Moore/Yancey family of Rockingham Co. Its outstanding state of preservation is evidence that it has not traveled far in its nearly 200-year history, likely spending its entire life at the Harrison Farmstead near Lacey Spring in Rockingham Co. A history of the farmstead and the adjoining Melrose Caverns (discovered in 1818), as well as the chest's lineage of descent accompanies this lot.
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Outstanding original condition, the upper drawer having an age crack to the veneer facing, two other drawers with minor cracking, the skirt having several cracks to the veneer - no further issues.
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Property of a Harrison/Moore/Yancey family member, Rockingham Co., VA.
Estate of Elizabeth Harrison Yancey (1925-2010), Harrison Farmstead, Rockingham Co., VA.
Descended from David Harrison (1775-1851), Rockingham Co., VA.