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IMPORTANT AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION OF W. FORBES AND JANE RAMSEY

FINE QUEEN ANNE CARVED AND FIGURED MAPLE BONNET-TOP HIGH CHEST OF DRAWERS, SUFFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1745
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
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1655

IMPORTANT AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION OF W. FORBES AND JANE RAMSEY

FINE QUEEN ANNE CARVED AND FIGURED MAPLE BONNET-TOP HIGH CHEST OF DRAWERS, SUFFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1745
Estimate
15,00025,000
LOT SOLD. 37,500 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

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FINE QUEEN ANNE CARVED AND FIGURED MAPLE BONNET-TOP HIGH CHEST OF DRAWERS, SUFFIELD, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1745

Provenance

G.K.S. Bush, Inc., Washington, D.C.

Catalogue Note

Made of vibrantly figured tiger maple and supported on tall cabriole legs with pronounced rounded knees, this closed bonnet-top high chest of drawers is an early example of Queen Anne case furniture from the Suffield, Connecticut area. It closely relates in design to two flat-top high chests with histories in northern Connecticut: one of curly maple belonged to Reverend Stephen Williams (1722-1795) of Longmeadow and his wife Martha Hunt (1725-1786) of Northampton, who married in 1748;1 the other made of cherry descended in the Spencer family of Suffield.2 These three high chests have the same general massive shaping of the upper and lower cases, front and side aprons with flattened arches and pendant drops, carved shells with the rectangular block below, and slender cabriole legs of the same distinct shape. A tiger maple dressing table with ribbed pad feet in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston is also part of this group.3

Similar tall cabriole legs with pronounced knees are found on several case pieces identified by Thomas and Alice Kugelman in their Connecticut furniture study as the “spool-foot group.”4 They note that the high chests and dressing tables included in the group were made in one shop operating in the Windsor area during the 1740s with the master possibly being Samuel Stoughton II (1702-1789).5  Aside from the rounded knee cabriole legs, this chest displays several other notable features associated with the other pieces, such as a midmolding divided horizontally into two parts and attached to the upper and lower cases, front and side aprons with flattened arches, pendant drops, and brasses inset on the long drawers to create a waisted effect.

1 See Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman, Connecticut Valley Furniture (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005): cat. 10a, p. 32.
2 See ibid, cat. 10, pp. 32-4
3 See ibid, cat. 10d, p. 34.
4 See ibid, p. 24-31.
5 See ibid, p. 24.

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