Polychrome chest of drawers completed

Well... it's the end of this particular project. I'm always a little sad to end something that has consumed so much of my time, effort, and emotion, but there is always the next project. And the next one is a big one... more on that later (although if you follow Megan Fitzpatrick on Twitter you already know the scoop).

Anyhow, here is the original from the Met and my version.

The original, muted with age.

Eye-searing brightness

No dovetails are used in this piece, just lots of rosehead nails.

Original interior
My case interior
 It seems like just yesterday I was rip-sawing out the case parts from white oak and yellow pine...

Anyhow... you'll be able to see this piece (and many others) at the Detroit Institute of Art for the SAPFM exhibition in March. This is shaping up to be one of the biggest period furniture events in the Midwest, if not the country. Don't miss it (more details to come).



  1. Stunning, Zach. What a fun piece, to me as pleasurable as a replica of a Townsend chest.
    Bruce Mack

  2. Outstanding work. It's a bit of timetravel to gaze upon relics and see them as they were intended to be enjoyed and not as aged museum pieces.

  3. Great - I have really enjoyed watching this piece of furniture emerge and the paintwork is superb - always fun to have a real glimpse into the past.

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