This is a beautifully shaped serpentine chest with a strong curvilinear form that make it quite a standout especially with the vibrant ribbon-grain mahogany. The top is similarly figured and of solid stock (see below). The brasses are first, indicating this was a well-cared for chest.
The line inlay appears at the edge of drawers and also defines the bracket feet. Its pedigree is certainly that of Langley Boardman, as construction details are the same as shown in the seminal article on Langley Boardman with related chest in SPNEA...(see beow). Note how the underneath of the base appears in comparison to ours. The craftsmanship is superb; even the bootjacks behind the rear feet are mortised into the side of the bracket leg for sturdiness. Boardman was a cabinetmaker’s cabinetmaker.
This piece has it all: form, quality of wood, and maker. The condition is perfect, and it is certainly a museum piece that can be lived with and enjoyed.We also offer a nearly identical chest, also by Langley Boardman, which can be seen by clicking here. If placed in the same room, the two would make an exceedingly handsome assembled pair.
A related chest is exhibited in the Art Institute of Chicago, see below.
Included in the images below is an article about the maker, Langley Boardman, from Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast
Height: 35 1/2 in. Depth: 23 1/2 in. Width: 39 3/4 in.