A Chippendale mahogany chest of drawers of useful size with all the iconic regional design elements including the undermolded one-board top, fluted quarter columns and bold ogee feet. All indicators of its Philadelphia origin. Original brasses and feet. 34 inches high, 40 inches wide, 20 1/2 inches deep. Circa 1775-1800.
Here is a text book example of the Philadelphia chest. The top and sides are fashioned of dense, heavy mahogany. The molding and fluted quarter columns relieve the edges adding a baroque element and the ogee feet relate to Hogarth's "line of beauty" and give the chest a bold stance.
This design became so popular that it is sometimes ascribed to the "Delaware River Valley" as it is found as far south as Northern Virginia as well as Maryland, Delaware and all over the state of Pennsylvania. The glue block system is a marvel of 18th century engineering.