VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780
VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780
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VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780

Estimate: 30,000 - 50,000 USD

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VERY FINE AND RARE CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND PUNCH-DECORATED CHERRYWOOD BONNET-TOP CHEST-ON-CHEST, SAMUEL LOOMIS SHOP TRADITION, PROBABLY COLCHESTER, CONNECTICUT, CIRCA 1780


appears to retain its original finials.

Height 83 in. by Width 42 ¼ in. by Depth 20 in.

Condition Report

Brasses not original but in original holes. Secondary wood: white pine


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.

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Cataloguing

Provenance

Harry Arons, Ansonia, Connecticut;

John S. Walton, New York, New York;

Private collection;

Marguerite Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut.

Literature

John S. Walton Advertisement, Magazine Antiques, July 1952, 62:1, p. 6;

Marguerite Riordan Advertisement, Magazine Antiques, October 1997, p. 423;

Kugelman and Kugelman, Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and his Contemporaries, 1750-1800, (Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005), p. 239, cat. 107.

Catalogue Note

A tour-de-force of Connecticut craftsmanship, this chest-on-chest made of luxurious cherrywood displays a design consistent with the Colchester school, an innovative and regionally specific school of Connecticut cabinetmaking assimilating various influences in which large case forms were elaborately and idiosyncratically decorated with carving, pilasters, columns, and applied ornaments. 


Surviving with its original finials, base blocking and feet, this chest was included in the study of Connecticut Valley Furniture conducted by Thomas and Alice Kugelman with Robert Lionetti who later published their findings in Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005, cat. 107, p. 239. They note that this chest is similar to work made by Samuel Loomis III (1748-1814) of Colchester but differences in details of execution suggest it is the product of a second-generation craftsman.[i] 


As seen in case pieces from the Loomis shop, the present chest displays a sloped pediment that is less steep than that of other Colchester groups, a closed bonnet with a backboard with a straight top edge, spiral and twist finials, fluted plinths, carved rosettes, dentil cornice molding, an applied and reeded center plinth ornament, fluted quarter columns, shells with broad concave lobes and two scrolls extending below the center arch, punchwork, and bracket feet with a distinctive inward scroll. However, the punchwork displayed on this chest was made by a different punch and the shell is atypical for the group. The rosettes are carved with veined leaves. Related features such as leaf-carved rosettes, punch decoration with wedge shaped points, and inset fluted quarter columns are found a block front chest on chest attributed to the Loomis shop currently in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Blum.[ii]


A drawing of a virtually identical chest on chest appears illustrated in Ethel Hall Bjerkoe, The Cabinetmakers of America (New York: Doubleday, 1957), p. 186. Another nearly identical example is in the collection The Henry Ford museum, acc. no. 29.1236.8.


[i] See Thomas Kugelman and Alice Kugelman, with Robert Lionetti, Connecticut Valley Furniture (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005): cat. no. 104, 105, and 106, pp. 232-38.


[ii] See ibid, cat. no. 106, p. 238.

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