Mark Soukup
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Gap Mills, West Virginia 24941

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Chests & Case Pieces

 
Connecticut High Chest​

This high chest is based on an example in the Brooklyn Museum of Art and several other examples originally from Wethersfield/Hartford area, with deep shell carvings rather than shallow fans. The classical rule of proportion, or "golden ratio," is thoroughly embedded in this piece from top to bottom, something which 18th century cabinetmakers were fastidious about.  The examples shown here are in Flame Birch and Figured Maple.

Height 71 ½" (shown) or  77"

Width 52"

Price $8700 - $8900

Kentucky Chest-on-Frame​

Delicately embellished pieces with a graceful, skirted frame supported by short cabriole legs, with no "foot,” are unique to the Maysville, Kentucky area. These features can be seen in chests of drawers, sugar chests, and desks. Typically done in cherry or walnut, they are often embellished with string inlay of maple or holly or vine-and-leaf inlay, as seen on the chamfered corners of this piece, inspired by a study of the Mason CO, KY chest in the collection of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, in Winston-Salem, NC and of Ramsey and Wachs study The Tuttle Muddle: An Investigation of a Kentucky Chest-on-Frame Group.​

Width 39"

Height  46"

Price as shown $4700

 
Queen Anne Chest-on-Frame

This piece is based on the early Connecticut chest-on-frames which had two-drawers with a lidded compartment on top.  Four drawers are much more convenient in use, thus the adaptation. Shown in figured maple and cherry.  

Sizes 38"w x 47"h  &  42"w x 51"h

Price $4800 

 
Shaker High Chest of Drawers

Proportions for this piece are based on those of many high chests from Queen Anne through Sheraton and Hepplewhite-influenced pieces.  The fundamental design remains constant while styles change.  This piece includes mortise-and-tenoned post/frame and panel construction in cherry with figured cherry drawer-fronts and side panels. 

Width 43"

Height 68"

Price as shown $5600

 
Sheraton Chest of Drawers

In this chest, post/frame and panel construction are all mortise-and-tennoned which makes for very sturdy construction. This method largely supplanted dovetailed carcase construction (also very sturdy). This piece is based on several examples from the Valley of Virginia and Charlottesville area, circa 1810 - 1830. Examples here show both scratch-beaded drawer fronts in curly maple and one cherry chest with cock-beaded drawer fronts with the same beading used for other decorative elements. 

Width 38"

Height 48" - 64"

Price $4200 - $5600

 
Sideboards

These moderately-sized sideboards or servers are relatively plain (as sideboards go). They are crafted to showcase beautiful, carefully selected woods. Shown here in curly maple, cherry, and walnut with cock-beaded drawer-fronts and trim. 

Width 50" - 56" 

Height 40"

Price $2300 - $2600