I am taking a sabbatical to recharge my batteries and to make a copy of an adorably quirky, yet hallowed William III ash chest-on-stand (fig. 1) before attending to the final two chests for the book.
Case furniture made from ash is relatively scarce, and when it does crop up, it is more commonly seen in the great flatsawn feathery cathedrals and topographic maps that ash is so widely regarded for (fig. 2).
The maker of the chest-on-stand did use some flatsawn veneer on the drawer fronts, but it is the dominant use of boldly stripped quartersawn veneer for the crossbanding that is so uncharacteristic and striking.
The width of the abnormally wide crossbanding curiously varies from drawer to drawer and the featherbanding too, is somewhat wider than the norm. The drawers themselves do not adhere to the prevailing convention of graduating in height; they do differ in height, but as with some earlier chests, are not in sequence (fig. 3).
The brasses on the chest-on-stand are replacements, but stylistically, are not incongruous. A decision will be made on brasses nearer completion.
I will post regular updates as work on the ash chest-on-stand progresses.