There are two auction houses of note in my area. Then there a few more that on most weeks are more like flea markets or items being move from one basement to another. When possible, I visit all the auctions if only online. You never know what might show up.
One of the better auction houses is working hard to become a major player in the high-end auction world. All of its auctions are interesting and worth a visit. The other does what it does but is starting to make itself a more legitimate competitor. I make a weekly trip to visit all its previews. Many weeks I see no need to turn my camera on. Other weeks have many items of interest. Not the fancy high-end estate trophies but really interesting pieces that are unique and worth a look.
This was one of those weeks.
The first piece that caught my eye was this remodeled dresser:
It probably started life with wooden knobs that were upgraded(?) to bail and rosette pulls:
The bone (ivory?) diamond escutcheons have been replaced:
Drawers are crudely dovetailed:
Case is assembled with half-blind dovetails:
What is interesting to me is the applied molding. Is the molding original or part of the remodel? If it is original, it is the first one I recall seeing.
The next interesting feature is in two seemingly unrelated chests. Since both are at the same auction, they may be related in way not obvious. Possibly from the same collection.
The first piece is this unique domed chest:
The other piece is a conventional mule chest:
Through tenons on the breadboard ends.
Some common features:
Dovetailed bracket feet:
The most unique thing these chests share a unique hinge configuration.
And finishes on the inside of the lid.
I’ve not seen many like it.