Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Property from the Collection of a Founding Family of Connecticut
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785

21 January 2021 • New York

Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785
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Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785

Estimate:

7,000 - 9,000 USD

Property from the Collection of a Founding Family of Connecticut

Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785

Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers, probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut, circa 1785

Estimate:

7,000 - 9,000 USD

Starting bid:

5,500

USD

(0 bids, reserve not met)

Lot closes:

Lot closes:

12:52:26

12:52:26

January 21, 04:02 PM (GMT)

January 21, 04:02 PM (GMT)

Description

Property from the Collection of a Founding Family of Connecticut

Rare Chippendale Carved Blocked-End Reverse-Serpentine Cherrywood Chest of Drawers

probably Housatonic Valley, Litchfield County, Connecticut

circa 1785


Height 38 1/2 in. by Width 39 in. by Depth 19 1/2 in.: Case Width 34 1/2 in.

Condition report

Overall fine condition. With a clean, complete well-maintained appearance, structurally sound and ready to use. With general overall marks, nicks, tiny losses and wear as to be expected from age and use. Large 12 inch by 8 in veneer patch to top, likely the remedy for a burn to the top surface.


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Provenance

Elizabeth Robb “Libby” Larkin Duane (1916-2008), Buffalo, New York;
Sotheby’s, New York, Important Americana, September 26, 2008, lot 4.

Catalogue note

A nearly identical chest of drawers belonging to Henry Wood Erving and is illustrated in Wallace Nutting's, Furniture Treasury, no. 253.  This chest has ball-and-claw feet unlike the pad feet on the Robb chest.  The elongated knee returns relate directly to pieces made in Litchfield county (see Edward S. Cooke, Jr., Ann Y. Smith and Derin Bray, To Please Any Taste: Litchfield County Furniture & Furniture Makers, 1780-1830, (Litchfield, CT: Litchfield Historical Society, 2008), pp.43, fig. 13.