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Here we have a 1975 Union-National Inc. Solid Cherry Bombe Chest made in Jamestown NY. Bombe styles were influenced both by Rococo and Louis XV furniture trends, both defying the square ruler in exchange with flamboyant curves. Bombe means curved in French and the first chests were often paper or plastered wood pressed.
Union-National as a furniture company, formed in 1939 and was one of the strongest company in 1945, owned by the Nord family. Union National closed in 1994 under Wall Street financier Webb Turner. Union National catered to famous buyers and the construction (like this chest) tells the story of quality and hardwoods, never seen before. The furniture was expensive and the values still hold due to the limited quantities available today.
My eye caught this chest without even seeing the label. I have never seen tongue and grooved panel construction with bombe chests. The chest looks like butter and has hardwood joinery which is exceptional to the eye. A stadium of Jigs and shapers would have been lined up to make this chest, dedicating major real estate for each part and piece prior to assembly.
The chest is stained dark to hide the rainbow of colors found in cherry. Having a conservative surface of dark walnut, I surfaced the top which was heavily marred to be very smooth and silky. Here you can see the natural colors.
The chest is numbered 14329 on the back. There are three drawers which glide smoothly and are very clean inside. Dated to be made around 1965, the brass handles have rosette plates and hardware is inset due to the mass thickness of the drawers.
The chest is petite measuring 33 inches across, 30 inches high and 21 inches at the widest. The chest would work well in a foyer, bedroom, living room, or dining area. Often bombe units and used to center the eye to an area in the room and breakup square merging walls.
This cabinet is appraised above 2K in material, craftsmanship, condition, age, utility and rarity. Please do compare.
About myself: I am a retired Material Science Engineer (B.S.) and during my earlier years I restored sculptures at the Hirshhorn Museum within the Smithsonian. I have a Bachelors of Science with Material Science and Industrial Arts. The example you see here is a job I did this summer. My specialty is wood furniture and I can do jobs right outside your front or back porch. Garages do well for the winter. Send me your location and a description of your item and I will give you a free quote. I do finishing, color matching, hand stripping, fabrication, replacement of parts, touch-up details, and stain removal. Feel free to check on my new jobs that I will feature here.
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