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Pennsylvania Chippendale lowboy

Pennsylvania Chippendale lowboy in figured walnut, on cabriole legs with ball-and-claw feet, from the Walpole family, Philadelphia, ca. 1760-80


Definition: a small, low case piece, consisting of a table top with drawers underneath mounted on legs; was often made as a companion to a highboy, matching its lower section; configuration of the drawers varies, often depending on the region in which it was made, but a single shallow drawer with three underneath is typical; originated in the late 1600s in England, becoming extremely popular in the American colonies, especially the northeastern and mid-Atlantic regions, by 1730; designs followed the style trends of the century, with early versions typical of William and Mary style, with long ring-turned or trumpet legs connected by stretchers that rested on ball or bun feet; as the 18th century wore on, became typical of Queen Anne and Chippendale styles, resting on shorter cabriole legs with pad, paw or claw-and-ball feet

Also Known As: dressing table, chest-on-stand

Example: Lowboys' drawers often have nonworking locks, in contrast to those of highboys - suggesting that the highboys stored more valuable goods.

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