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846
A VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY CARVED AND JOINED OAK CHEST WITH DRAWER, ATTIRBUTED TO JOHN THURSTON, DEDHAM OR MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1670
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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846
A VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY CARVED AND JOINED OAK CHEST WITH DRAWER, ATTIRBUTED TO JOHN THURSTON, DEDHAM OR MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1670
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 18,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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A VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY CARVED AND JOINED OAK CHEST WITH DRAWER, ATTIRBUTED TO JOHN THURSTON, DEDHAM OR MEDFIELD, MASSACHUSETTS, CIRCA 1670
top is replaced.
Height 28 1/4 in. by Width 43 1/2 in. by Depth 18 5/8 in.; 71.8 by 110.5 by 47.2 cm.
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Provenance

Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware;
Pook & Pook, Inc., Downingtown, Pennsylvania, Period Furniture & Accessories, March 2005, lot 125;
Vogel Collection no. 754.

Literature

Robert Blair St. George, "Style and Structure in the Joinery of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts, 1635-1685," American Furniture and Its Makers:  Winterthur Portfolio 13, Winterthur Museum, 1979, p. 17, fig. 18

Catalogue Note

This chest belongs to a group of joined and carved pieces attributed by Robert Blair St. George to John Thurston (1607-1685) of Dedham and Medfield, Massachusetts.  He emigrated to New England in 1637 from County Suffolk, England. The carving ascribed to the Thurston shop comprises almost exclusively foliated S-scrolls, paired to create an anthemion-like motif.  A document box in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (acc. no. 10.125.680) has nearly identical carving and remnants of red wash and black paint in the carving recesses (see Frances Gruber Safford, American Furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: Early Colonial Period: the Seventeenth-Century and William and Mary Styles, (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2007), pp. 173-5, no. 72). The currently offered lot was painted overall in black during the nineteenth century.

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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