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Title: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: Benjamin on May 12, 2011, 02:43:49 PM
Is anyone aware of an authentic 18th century American case piece combining cabriole legs and a serpentine front?  Picture available?
Title: Re: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: chobbs66 on May 12, 2011, 04:20:21 PM
How about this one?
Title: Re: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: Marion on May 12, 2011, 06:28:07 PM
You might also look at Sack's, The New Fine Points of Furniture at pages 97 & 98 and 102 &103. There are two that are serpentine and two oxbows.
Title: Re: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: Jeff L Headley on May 12, 2011, 10:23:25 PM
Here is a reproduction made by Steve Hamilton of Mack S Headley & Sons of an original from Massachusetts
Title: Re: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: Benjamin on May 14, 2011, 08:29:35 AM
Thanks to everyone for your responses.  I'm sorry but my question was framed too broadly.  I was really thinking of lowboys or highboys and used "case pieces" to exclude tables and such. I forgot about bandy-legged chests which certainly can have serpentine fronts and cabriole legs.  Benjamin
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Post by: Justin D on May 14, 2011, 05:37:36 PM
Calvin,
Is that a Newport piece?
Title: Re: Cabriole legs, serpentine front
Post by: chobbs66 on May 15, 2011, 08:45:27 AM
Justin, good to hear from you.

Yep, it is by John Goddard and is at the Met in NYC.  A small piece that makes a big impact.  I found the picture on the Met's website.

How's the high chest coming? Cal
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Post by: John McAlister on May 15, 2011, 04:39:54 PM
Calvin: Not the first time for me to be thankful for the "education" offered in the Forum. I did not know any marble top pieces came out of Newport.  The same chest is pictured in Moses's Mastercraftsmen of Newport; pg 44. An interesting piece but not the most beautiful of Newports products!  (I know: Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!) John McAlister