An American Neo-classical Federal era inlaid linen press, circa 1795-1810, with a very old, likely original surface, Maryland. The “clothes-press” is shown in “as found” condition and is in an overall excellent state of preservation, retaining its original bracket feet, cornice, and the majority of the original glue blocking system to the underside and cornice. The lower case drawers are unusually inlaid with a “half-lunette” band that is apparently inset with a yet unidentified metal; a practice which is foreign to the author and atypical of Maryland Federal case pieces and tables, but not inconceivable. The dovetails which join the lower case drawers are distinctly Germanic in fashion. Further research may reveal a source of this unconventional inlay and a possible parallel may emerge that could associate this press with a specific workshop, or a to a particular urban area in Maryland. The “post and bale” brasses have been replaced.
SHOWN IN UNTOUCHED CONDITION
PROVENANCE: The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, sold for the benefit of future Museum acquisitions.
SOLD TO A PROMINENT WASHINGTON, D.C COLLECTOR