McIntire School, Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1810
H. 19 ½ in.; W. 16 ¾ in.; D. 9 ¼ in.
Carving and punch work decoration of fruit and basket motif characteristic of the Samuel McIntire (1757-1811) school. The carving on this miniature chest is attributed to the Samuel McIntire School, best known for their signature ornaments featuring baskets of fruits and flowers. No two McIntire baskets are identical, suggesting each was conceived along with the furniture design. Despite its small scale, the carving evokes the texture and three-dimensionality of a real basket and maintains the symmetry characteristic of McIntire carvings. The central carving is most similar to that on a Salem card table of an unidentified maker with carvings attributed to Samuel Field McIntire, son of Samuel McIntire.
The stylized flowers are nearly identical to those on the base molding of the Derby chest-on-chest IV, Salem, 1806-09, in the MFA Boston.
Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000
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