Federal Inlaid Cherry Bombe Chest of Drawers, attributed to George Stedman, Norwich, Vermont, c. 1800-20, inlaid with stringing along the top edge and the drawer borders, on the base of flaring French feet joined by a shaped skirt, old octagonal eagle-and-shield embossed brasses, old surface, (imperfections),ht. 35, wd. 41, dp. 18 1/2 in.
Provenance: 19th century descent in the West family of Royalton, Vermont. An accompanying note about where the piece was found reads in part: "In with 'attic discards' at Westlands, in South Royalton, Vermont, the Farm owned by Frank S. and Ellen W. Ainsworth. Rescued by their daughter, Ida Ainsworth Cole, in 1916..."
Purchased by the consignors at James Dickerson Auction, Fermsburg, Vermont, August 10, 1997.
Literature: See Zogry, pp. 118-119, cat. no 69, for an analysis of another example of this uniquely Vermont form. In the description, Zogry implies that there are at least five additional examples known, including one at the Bennington Museum, and another at Winterthur; and see Charles Robinson, p. 99.
right rear foot on a crude pine support.