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