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Circa 1800 Neoclassical Palladian breakfront library bookcase, possibly Boston,

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Circa 1800 Neoclassical Palladian breakfront library bookcase, possibly Boston or Salem, MA, solid cherry, kingwood, highly figured tiger maple frieze.
Form – overall form relates to an architectural Palladian window, fantastic open Roman arched gallery with maple inlaid impost, corner blocks, paneled and inlaid central crest panel (traditional “Boston” dash-dot inlay, with “tumbling” dots and Classical Greek Key scroll), Classical kingwood dental molded crown with tiger maple frieze panel, great sophisticated breakfront form with Roman proportions, center door with full-length molded arch with keystone, base with six drawers (center deep single drawer-faux double), diamond inlay in center of each, six Neoclassical flute carved square tapered Roman feet (early 1800 called “modern” Roman feet).  Brand - bookcase.
Construction – dovetail two part case connected with period type slide-in mortise and wedge, fitted and numbered gallery crest, fully dovetailed drawer base,
Wood – solid cherry (more likely, but not tested Brazilian cherry/jatabo, aka prima vera), tiger maple frieze, kingswood greek Key crest, dentil, door mullions/keystone/interesting corner blocks, white pine secondary.
Painting – possible originally had Classically painted panel on crest and maybe typical Classical inspired gilt/white eglomise glass on the doors ??

104” tall, 94” tall w/o crest, 76” wide, 19” deep.
Condition- old surface, completely numbered original crest / gallery, original feet, excellent and solid sliding doors in original grooves, drawers have been drilled to “update” to Colonial  style bail pulls / diamond inlaid patched hole at center of each drawer panel to hide a central style Neoclassical pull.         1299


Provenance – under central door, in handwritten pencil, is this verse and the date of “17, September, 1803”, “Dw” / “Friend think, who you are / Live always as a good Christian does / Do good to your neighbors / And you will die rich and happy”, purchased from Four Corners, East Bennington, Vermont around 1985. Earlier information is unavailable or attributed back to the 1804 date.

Circa 1800 Neoclassical Palladian breakfront library bookcase, possibly Boston,

SKU: 1299
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