Lot 728
  • 728

Very Rare Pilgrim Century Carved and Joined Oak Chest with Drawer, Attributed to John Savell (1642-1687), Braintree, Massachusetts, Circa 1670

12,000 - 18,000 USD
32,500 USD
bidding is closed


  • oak
retains an early, possibly original surface; lid is replaced and drawer lacking knobs.


Adam A. Weschler & Son, Inc., May 20, 2006, lot 485.


Robert F. Trent, Erik K. Gronning and Joshua W. Lane, "Dutch Joinery in 17th-Century Windsor, Connecticut," Maine Antique Digest, Vol. 35:8 (August 2007), 8D - 13D.

Catalogue Note

This joinery and carving detail on this chest attribute it to the Savell shop explained in depth in Peter Follansbee's and John D. Alexander's article "Seventeenth-Century Joinery from Braintree, Massachusetts: The Savell Shop Tradition," American Furniture 1996, ed. Luke Beckerdite, (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone foundation 1996), pp. 81-104.  The carving details in the upper corners of the panels and the horizontal "bar" flanking the central drawer medallion associate this chest to the work of John Savell (1642-1687).  This chest is particularly noteworthy in that it appears to retain its original red wash.