Friday, April 24, 2015

An Antique Dresser in Powder Blue

Phew! Where has the time gone?? I'm so sorry I haven't posted since Monday! Egad! I beg forgiveness if only because we're painting the outside of all three of our buildings right now and it's eating up all my free (blogging) time. I got this dresser on Monday from Carl who snagged it at auction. It's a gorgeous antique chest made about 1840-1865. It's cherry, mahogany veneer and chestnut secondary wood, which leads me to believe it was likely made locally, probably in Connecticut. It's Empire in style, but the turned bun feet are an amusing and unique feature that I've not seen on other similar dressers of the period. I sanded the top to reveal the beautiful cherry and then painted the case in a soft powder blue, finished with wax and distressed. I love the little box drawers at the top. For some reason the cabinet maker who built this marked it with the number '2' all over the interior in chalk and pencil in a fine early script. Who knows why, it's one of those antiques mysteries that will never be answered.

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