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A FINE AND RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK AND MAPLE 'SUNFLOWER' CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHOP OF PETER BLIN, WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1680
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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908
A FINE AND RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK AND MAPLE 'SUNFLOWER' CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHOP OF PETER BLIN, WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1680
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 75,000 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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A FINE AND RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK AND MAPLE 'SUNFLOWER' CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO THE SHOP OF PETER BLIN, WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1680
retains its original top and full height to feet; several applied moldings replaced.
Height 40 1/4 in. by Width 48 1/4 in. by Depth 21 1/4 in.; 102.2 by 122.6 by 54 cm.
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Provenance

Ginsburg & Levy, New York, February 1970;
Vogel Collection no. 72.

Catalogue Note

This joined chest, with its well-carved marigold and tulip panels and delicately turned applied half columns and bosses, is part of a very well document group of early joined furniture made in the vicinity of Wethersfield, Connecticut between approximately 1675 to 1705.  The group routinely called the "Sunflower" chest is most notable for its carved panels with stylized tulips in the side panels and marigolds in the central panel. For decades these pieces have been attributed exclusively to the hand of Peter Blin (d. 1725). However, the sheer number of surviving pieces indicates that this decorative tradition survived for decades in and around the Wethersfield, Connecticut region and cannot be the work of one individual.  More likely is that Peter Blin initiated this style and it was replicated by his apprentices or fellow local joiners. For additional information on seventeenth-century Wethersfield joinery, see Susan Schoelwer, "Connecticut Sunflower Furniture: A Familiar Form Reconsidered," Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, Spring 1989, pp. 21-38.

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

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New York