CHIPPENDALE CHEST ON CHEST Made by Benjamin Ross

Inscribed “Mr. Rofs, Joiner” on its Top Board
Made by Benjamin Ross (Died 1775)
Boston   Circa 1770

Primary Wood: Mahogany
Secondary Woods: White Pine, Oak Drawer Interiors in Desk

Height: 87 inches
Width: 37 3/4 inches
Depth: 20 3/4 inches

Provenance: Ex. Collection: Francis P. Garvan, New York.

Reference: Illustrated in American Art Association – Anderson Galleries, Inc., Selection from the Collections of Francis P. Garvan,  January 1931,  pages 280-281, lot 400.

Myrna Kaye lists Benjamin Ross as a cabinetmaker in “Boston Furniture Craftsmen” in Boston Furniture of the Eighteenth Century.   Although little is currently known of Benjamin Ross’ career and life he certainly was one of the leading cabinet-makers in Boston in the third quarter of the 18th century.  Of particular interest on this chest on chest is the original set of fire gilt rococo brasses.

Item Number: 6582.1