An Elegant Mahogany Hepplewhite Bowfront inlaid Bureau attributed to Abiel White, Weymouth MA, 1785-95
This bureau of desirable moderate size (36 in. wide) relies on its inlay and figured mahogany for embellishment. The bowfront form with the use of inlays is quintessential Hepplewhite in formula. This chest has a very high lift with feet pointing to the work of Abiel White and discussed in detail in Brock Jobe's recent book, "Harbor and Home, Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850" by Brock Jobe et al. (See below for the discussion of White's work.)
Note the solid mahogany sides and top with its inlaid satinwood edging. The wood is beautifully figured and of an amber tone. The inlaid escutcheon motif with pedals is quite unusual and gives this piece a striking appearance. While the brasses are not original, they are of the period, and are of an unusual design we haven't seen before. The chest has a light airy aspect and is in fine original condition, with no repair or restorations.
Height: 34 1/4 in.
Width: 38 1/2 in.
Depth: 20 1/2 in.
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