On January 12, 2019, Pook & Pook Inc. will be auctioning a hard pine chest, 1720-1730, that can be attributed to the Bartram family joiner. In previous blog posts I highlighted furniture attributed to this shop including an oval table and a dressing table made for James and Elizabeth Maris Bartram who were married in 1725.
The large turned feet from this shop are distinctive.
On the largest spherical shape of the turning, a deeply scored line is flanked by two thin scribed lines. Pronounced scoring lines are also added to small elements that other turners left unadorned, such as the top element of the feet shown above. The turned feet on the chest at Pook & Pook Inc. share both the design vocabulary and turning details found on the other objects attributed to this shop.
The dovetails at the corners of the Pook & Pook Inc. chest appear to be similarly angled and spaced to the dovetails of drawers seen in other objects attributed to the Bartram family joiner. The chest will need to be examined to determine if the dovetails are wedged, as the dovetails in other forms attributed to this shop are.
The cabinetmaker John Head debited for fourteen chests. A single chest was described as a “pin (pine) chest with 2 drawers”, debited to “Cristofar Topam,” This description coresponds to the Pook & Pook Inc. chest. No chests or chests over drawers that can be attributed to John Head have been identified.