18TH CENTURY ANTIQUE PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT CHIPPENDALE TALL CHEST / DRESSER ~ YORK PA
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With our highest compliments and utmost honors, Bay Colony Antiques is proud to offer for sale this exceptional 18th century antique Pennsylvania Walnut Chippendale tall chest / dresser. The chest has a total of 9 drawers with a desirable 3-2-4 layout. The chest commands attention standing on an elongated ogee bracket base with nice scrolling pattern and a balanced base molding. The chest has carved quarter columns flanking the drawers and all the drawers retain their original brasses. The drawer faces have molded edges and are all constructed with hand cut dovetails & hand chamfered bottoms. The chest has been masterfully refinished in the perfect hue to showcase the impressive walnut and has received proper maintenance work on the drawers runners. The back of the chest reads “Refinished at the New Furniture Home of CA Strack and Son York, PA”. The Strack family played an important role in preserving American antiques and for this to have gone through their hands is just an added plus. Charles Strack, a German immigrant, settled in York in 1840 and was one of the town's first furniture dealers. We've attached a couple photos of old postcards showing the Strack properties in 1840 & another showing the New Furniture Home at about the turn of the 20th century. In the 1840 image, buildings 3, 4, & 5 belonged to the Stracks and were located on the corner of George & Philadelphia street where the York County Court is today. The New Furniture Home building is still standing and looks pretty much the same and is located on the corner of George & Princess street, only one block away from Penn Park. Most Pennsylvania tall chests like this that we encounter have taken a few repairs to the feet and drawer faces but we’re proud to say this chest is a 10/10 on condition. We’ll be hard pressed to find another example this clean and will safely recommend this chest to even our most discriminatory clients. The chest measures 43 1/2” wide x 22” deep x 60 1/4” tall.