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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARY LOU SHARTLE, NEW MEXICO

THE 'LUCINDA WHEELER' VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK, MAPLE AND PINE CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO PETER BLIN (CIRCA 1675-1725), WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1685
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF MARY LOU SHARTLE, NEW MEXICO

THE 'LUCINDA WHEELER' VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK, MAPLE AND PINE CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO PETER BLIN (CIRCA 1675-1725), WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1685
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 27,500 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

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THE 'LUCINDA WHEELER' VERY RARE PILGRIM CENTURY JOINED AND CARVED OAK, MAPLE AND PINE CHEST WITH TWO DRAWERS, ATTRIBUTED TO PETER BLIN (CIRCA 1675-1725), WETHERSFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1685
the central panel initialed LW; retains majority of its original applied ornament and remnants of its original painted surface; bottom 5-inches of feet replaced.
Height 40 1/4 in. by Width 47 in. by Depth 20 7/8 in.
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Provenance

Ricco-Johnson Gallery, New York.

Literature

Ricco-Johnson Gallery, advertisement, Magazine Antiques, 128:1, January 1983,  p. 147;
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), p.224, no. 1 (referred).

Catalogue Note

Very few Wethersfield chests survive with initials carved into their central panel.  Fewer yet retain much of their original paint decoration. When this chest was initially published it was stated to be the chest for a Lucinda Wheeler. Current research has not yet been able to identify the presence of this person in Hartford County, Connecticut in the late seventeenth or early eighteenth century. Six other chests survive with initials in the central panel. They include one in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art initialed "DC"; one in the collection of Historic Deerfield initialed "HW"; one in the American Museum in Britain, Bath, England initialed "W/SR" for Samuel and Rebecca Wright who were married in Glastonbury, Connecticut in 1686; one in a private collection initialed "MG"; and two other unpublished examples in private collections respectively initialed "DH" and "SB” (see Dean Fales, The Furniture of Historic Deerfield (New York: E.P. Dutton & Co., 1976), no. 354; Victor Chinnery, Oak Furniture: The British Tradition: A History of Early Furniture in the British Isles and New England, (Woodbridge, England: Antique Collectors' Club, 1979), fig. 4.211; H and R Sandor, advertisement, Magazine Antiques, vol. 124, July 1983, p. 7).

Important Americana

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