A Hepplewhite mahogany sideboard with butler’s desk, probably Rhode Island, c.1790-1800. This sideboard retains a golden mellow tone, which has over time enhanced the strongly figured mahogany used throughout; all is embellished in a restrained manner with defining ebony edging including a central oval. The butler’s desk is as fully developed as we have seen and must have been a very special place, considering its being fitted with a three-pin lock and beautifully matched mahogany drawer fronts.
The generous depth of this sideboard and its rather short width is reminiscent in proportion to some models found in Rhode Island. Also, the interior of the drawers retains an original red wash, which is also characteristic of some Rhode Island work, i.e. a Pembroke table by Thomas Howard, Jr., Providence, RI illustrated in American Furniture: the Federal Period, by Charles F. Montgomry #325.
Height: 43 1/2 in. Width: 5 ft. 4 in. Depth: 28 in. < /p>