Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Inscribed Nathaniel Souther
Mahogany with flame birch panels, whalebone
37”H x 41”W x 21” D
This form, with its thirteen decorative flame birch panels, fine proportions and tailored appearance is considered one of the most desirable of all Portsmouth Federal furniture. In addition, the chest is inscribed Nathaniel Souther, a baker with a house and shop on the corner of Cottar’s Lane (now Franklin Street) and Pleasant Street in Portsmouth. He died in 1824.
Condition: Surface was cleaned and conserved including blending old repairs. Old veneer repair to proper right foot base. Old staining evident to the backboards and inside edge of feet.
Provenance: Roland B. Hammond