Fiske, Samuel – American Cabinetmaker

A bonnet-top Chippendale chest-on-chest in mahogany, the lower case with block-front drawers, attributed to Benjamin Frothingham, Charlestown, Massachusetts, circa 1770

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A Hepplewhite shied-back side chair by Stephen Badlam of Dorchester, Massachusetts, and probably Samuel Fiske of Salem, Massachusetts, mahogany with a carved splat and legs, circa 1790

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A mahogany Sheraton sewing table with a single drawer and reeded legs, School of Samuel McIntire and William Hook, Massachusetts

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A pair of Federal carved mahogany shield-back chairs, probably by William Fiske, circa 1790, Salem, Massachusetts

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Samuel Fiske (1769-1797)

Born in Waltham, Massachusetts, Samuel Fiske worked as a cabinetmaker in Dorchester with Stephen Badlam. Fiske had his own shop in Salem, probably beginning in the 1780s, and was in Boston on Washington Street by the 1790s. Known items include a Hepplewhite mahogany card table signed in chalk, “S. Fisk/Cabinate Maker/Bofton” and Hepplewhite shield-back side chairs branded “S.F.”

(Source: William C. Ketchum, Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940)

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