PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF THOMAS P AND ALICE K KUGELMAN
Several other nearly identical oxbow bureaus are known, all demonstrating a consistency of execution common in Wethersfield and East Windsor but lacking the finesse of the Chapin shop. One in a private collection that descended through the Deming family is inscribed “Oliver Deming / Wethersfield / July 17th 1796.” Another descended in the family of Sarah Saltonstall (1754-1829) and Daniel Buck (1744-1808) of Wethersfield. A third with identical dimensions and design features has no inscription or family history. A fourth with slightly smaller dimensions probably first belonged to Lucy Lowery (1771-1852) and Unni Robbins (1765-1818) of Wethersfield, who married in 1791. A fifth example dated December 1794 is closely related although slightly wider in proportion and embellished with a gadrooned molding between the front feet (see Kugelman, Thomas P. and Alice K. Kugelman with Robert Lionetti. Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800. Hartford, 2005, cat. 175A, p. 384; other related examples cited in notes 2-6).
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