NEW MARKET, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA FEDERAL WALNUT BUREAU / CHEST OF DRAWERS, dovetailed case, the rectangular two-board top with applied edge molding above four graduated cock-beaded drawers, flanked by reeded thin stiles, solid ends, the whole raised on a fully framed base with cut-out skirt and bandy-like modified French feet. Yellow pine secondary wood. Old surface with warm color. Attributed to the shop of Jeremiah Evans / John McCann, New Market, VA. Circa 1805. 41 1/2" H, 40 1/2" W, 20 7/8" D. Catalogue Note: The distinctive base seen on this chest, consisting of modified French feet built on a full frame, has been seen on numerous other early 19th century case pieces from the New Market area, but until recently has not been attributable to a specific cabinetshop. With the discovery by JSE & Associates in 2009 of the signed James McCann desk, currently in the collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, the group can now be firmly attributed to the Jeremiah Evans cabinetshop in New Market, Virginia. Evans likely established his New Market operation in the late 18th century and had progressed enough in the enterprise by 1802 to take on James McCann as an apprentice. McCann and Evans collaborated in the cabinetmaking business for the next 15 years, and the younger McCann most likely continued to operate the shop after Evans' death in 1816. Research on this cabinetshop is ongoing.
Very good overall condition, brasses replaced, scattered repairs to cockbeading, minor repairs to proper left front foot, strip repair to lower edge of bottom drawer.