An important Queen Anne chest on frame, walnut, with an excellent provenance. The chest sports eight graduated drawers with early dovetails, a beautifully scalloped apron, dramatically carved trifid feet and an old finish with very attractive patina. The brasses are old but not original. Circa 1750, Philadelphia.
Provenance: The Rawle/Corning family estate. The Rawle family emigrated to Philadelphia in 1686 and subsequently produced some of the leading legal minds in early Pennsylvania history. William Rawle, (1759-1836), was the first Rawle to rise to prominence in the legal profession, serving as Pennsylvania's first U.S. attorney and founding a prestigious law office, now known as Rawle and Henderson and recognized as the country's oldest practice. Rawle was followed in his legal career by a number of subsequent generations of Rawle men, most of whom were also named William. In addition to their legal activities, the Rawles served as founding and/or contributing members of a number of Philadelphia institutions, including the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the American Philosophical Society, the University of Pennsylvania, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Dimensions: 37½” wide x 68” high x 23” deep.
Item No. 180098