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.
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.
Interior has been varnished. Lid is replaced. Lacking knobs. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.