Highboy, Early Rural New England
Massachusetts, North Shore/Salem Area
Circa 1730 to 1740
Pine, Birch and poplar
Crown molding above four graduated thumb-molded drawers; the sides overhanging. The top case is received by a broad, beautifully cut and finished waist molding of generous proportion; lower-case with single long-drawer above three short-drawers. The case which is raised on rather straight cabriole legs featuring crisp knee-ridges and turned pad feet; the returns were carved and shaped "in the round" (single piece of birch) in concert with legs. The legs are joined by a triple arcade apron inspired by the taste of the William and Mary period. It is interesting that the drawer sides are rived and delicately molded. The wood is a warm pumpkin-brownish pine color with decent patina; brasses are stylistically correct yet not original. Amazingly, the drop finials are original. (Dimensions: 68" H, 38.25" bottom case W, 20" bottom case D, 37" top case W, 19.25" top case D.)
Oyster Bay, Long Island
Mahogany, white pine, maple and tulip poplar
The top section with a flat molded cornice above a case of eight thumb-molded graduated drawers with herringbone cross-banding, set into a lower case of three short thumb-molded graduated drawers above two similar drawers. Outstanding moldings, deeply valanced skirt (Backboard features same profile); exceptional cabriole legs ending in arris slipper feet, a lively deeply valanced skirt; sharp returns and retaining about half of the original engraved brasses.
Condition: Professionally refinished, small cornice molding patches; patches to mid-molding on upper and lower case; upper and lower mid-molding on left side replaced; two knee returns replaced. Some detail of cornice was sharpened whereas they were softened by aggressive sanding. Small sections of herringbone inlay replaced; about half the brasses are replaced.
(Dimensions: 70.5" H, 42" bottom case W, 22.5" bottom case D, 40.75" top case W, 22" top case D.)
Lowboy, Queen Anne, Fan Carved, Period Brasses
Cherry, white pine and poplar
A carved dressing table with molded top with projecting edge over a case featuring overhanging thumb-molded long-drawer with three-drawer facade centering a concave carved fan, on valanced skirt with turned drops raised on cabriole legs having shaped knee returns ending in pad feet retaining platforms.
Old refinish, period brasses in original borings may be original; one return original with the remaining possibly replaced.
Dimensions: 32.5" H, 55.25" top W, 22.25" top D, 30.75" case W, 17.75" case D.
Highboy, Queen Anne, Original Brasses
Dimensions: 70.5" H, 38.5" W, 21" D.
Highboy, Queen Anne, Flattop
Butternut and white pine
The top case with bold cornice having two short drawers over three graduated long overlapping drawers; restored mid-molding sits within the original base molding of lower case. The base with sophisticated skirt is raised on cabriole legs ending in pad feet; two overlapping drawers, the lower drawer molded simulating three short drawers with a splendid central fan having 18-lobes. Although mounted within the original holes the brasses are replaced; all but one knee bracket are old replacements with one fishtail being replaced. The twentieth century resin stained surface is tinted red. (Top case: 35 5/8 by 17.25"; lower case: 38 by 19"; widest dimension at mid-molding: 39 1/8"; height: 72.5".)
Highboy, Queen Anne, Diminutive
Coastal Connecticut or Long Island
Retaining most of the original undisturbed cotter pin secured brasses
Maple and sycamore case, birch legs, hemlock and white pine secondary wood - SOLD
An unusually small and early example, influenced by Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts shop traditions. The choice of woods, the drawer design and organization; apron configuration and the elongated Dutch pad feet suggest a coastal origin. The chest remains in good condition, and features an appealing surface with considerable old color and patina. (Height: 61.5 inches; top case width: 37.5 inches; top case depth: 17 inches; bottom case width: 38.5 inches; bottom case depth: 19 inches)
274-105 - SOLD
Highboy, Queen Anne
Crown molding above five graduated drawers having overhanging thumb-molded edges; top-case received by lower-case molding; the base with single long drawer above three short drawers features a triple arcade with drop-finials; the whole raised on cabriole legs with turned pad-feet. In good condition with typical minor imperfections; minor drawer lip repairs; brasses are not original, however, they are within original borings. (Height: 75 inches; top case width: 35.75 inches; top case depth: 18.25 inches; bottom case width: 37.75 inches; bottom case depth: 20 inches.)
A Rare And Wonderful
William And Mary Veneered Highboy
Boston or New York
Walnut veneers on pine and oak - SOLD
An extremely early classic first generation highboy that has survived in excellent condition, retaining its original brasses, legs, feet, and stretchers. The shapes of front and side skirts conform to stretcher profile; front skirt is edged with cock beading, some of which is restored. There are minor veneer repairs and possibly some small replacements to stretcher appliques; finish is late 20th century.
(Height: 60.25-inches; base width: 39.25-inches; base depth: 22-inches; top case width: 37-inches; top case depth: 20.75-inches.)
424-40 - SOLD