Christie's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Silver and Decorative Arts, January 23, 1982, sale 5114, lot 318A.
Judith and Martin Miller, The Antiques Directory: Furniture, (New York: Portland house, 1985), p. 80, no. 6.
This chest is in remarkable untouched condition and retains a majority of its original paint decoration. Only one other six-board American chest in the collection of Winterthur Museum (acc. no. 2014.0007) is known with such an elaborately carved front. Typically six-board chest from the Connecticut River Valley have crease molded fronts or are sometimes carved with the initials of the original owner. For an in-depth review of the form see William N. Hosley, Jr. and Philip Zea, “Decorated Board chests of the Connecticut River Valley,” Magazine Antiques, May 1981, pp. 1146-51 and Robert Trent, American Furniture with Related Decorative Arts, 1660-1830 / The Milwaukee Art Museum and The Layton ArtCollection, ed. Gerald W.R. Ward, (New York: Hudson Hills Press,1991), p. 39-40, entry for no. 6.
Surface abrasions commensurate with age and use. Lid split with later rustic repair. A 2 1/2 in. plank running the length of the top is nailed to the underside, this appears to be a 19th century repair. Incised date of 1703 on lid at center front. Locks lacking.
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