Highboy, Bonnet Top, Housatonic Valley, Connecticut, Probably Litchfield Date/Period: 1755-1765 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 85"; top case: 37.5" x 18.75"; bottom case: 40.5" x 20.5"
Material: Cherry, white pine
Condition: In overall very good condition commensurate with age and use. Brasses are
period yet not original, trivial lip repairs; three knee returns expertly replaced. Old
Additional Information: Featuring three matching carved pinwheels, scalloped base,
and fluted molded columns…the fluting matching chimneys; finials are spiral carved and
original. For additional information please email or call David Hillier, firstname.lastname@example.org
Queen Anne Bonnet Top Highboy, Connecticut River Valley, Original Brasses
An Unusually Small Example Date/Period: Circa 1765
Measurement: Height: 77”, top case width: 35.5”, depth 16 5/8”.
Bottom case width: 35 7/8”, depth: 18.25”.
Additional Information: This successful highboy of inspired design was created by an
ambitious and highly gifted rural Connecticut Valley cabinet maker. A fine example
featuring dentil molded cornice and two-star inlays, carved drawers…scrolled skirt
raised on slender cabriole legs resting of pad feet retaining full pads.
Queen Anne Highboy, Molded Cornice with Drawer, Diminutive
Massachusetts, Boston Date/Period: 1730-1750
Measurement: Height: 68.75"; top case: 35.75" x 20"; bottom case: 37.75" x 21.25"
Material: Walnut veneer, curly maple, pine
Condition: Very good, brasses replaced
Additional Information: A good burl walnut and curly maple high chest of drawers of
diminutive size, in two parts…the upper section having a flat top featuring an applied
cornice with drawer above two short, aligned drawers above three long graduated
drawers. The lower section with a long drawer above three short drawers above the
shaped apron joining cabriole legs resting on pad feet. Excellent wood gran and color.
Antique Highboy, Early Rural New England
Massachusetts, North Shore/Salem Area Date/Period: Circa 1730 to 1740
Measurement: (Dimensions: 68” H, 38.25” bottom case W, 20” bottom case D,
37” top case W, 19.25” top case D.)
Material: Pine, Birch and Poplar
Additional Information: 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). The legs are joined by a triple arcade apron in the taste of the
William and Mary period; side aprons feature a subtle cupid’s bow cutout. It is
interesting that the drawer sides are rived and delicately molded. The wood is a warm
pumpkin-brownish pine color with decent patina; originally painted brown as is
evidenced by intact full-coverage paint remaining on top-boards. The brasses are period
yet not original. Amazingly…the drop finials are original.
Highboy, Chippendale Bonnet Top, Claw & Ball Feet, Carved Fans & Knees
Boston Date/Period: Circa 1750
Measurement: Height to finial: 89.5"; top case: 36.25" x 19.25";
bottom case: 38.5" x 20.5"
Material: Mahogany and easter white pine
Condition: Brass hardware is replaced within original borings, else good
Additional Information: Bonnet-top highboy…the swan's neck molded pediment
centering flame finials above a case having three short drawers, the center drawer fan
carved, over four long graduated drawers. The lower case with mid-molding above a
long drawer and three short drawers, the center drawer fan carved, the shaped apron
joining cabriole legs featuring shell-carved knees and curved returns resting on frontal
ball and claw feet; back feet are rear facing turned pad style.
Highboy, Pedimented High Chest, Boston, Best Figured Walnut, Original Brass
Color and grain of wood are outstanding… Date/Period: Circa 1745
Measurement: Height: 83.25"; top case: 37.5" x 19"; bottom case: 40" x 20.5"
Material: Walnut, white pine
Condition: Excellent…typical of two board sides, shrinkage created a slight gap which
has been expertly closed.
Additional Information: The pediment is a façade backed by braces rather than a full
bonnet as is the closely related example published on pages 210, 211, and 212, catalog
entry 40 of New England Furniture – The Colonial Era by Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye.
The upper case featuring concave carved center drawer is flanked by a pair of short
drawers over four thumb-molded-graduated drawers. The waist molding is attached to
lower chest above the single thumb-molded drawer above the concave carved center
drawer flanked by short drawers. The concave carved arcaded apron with center drop
joins cabriole legs having ridged knees and resting on turned pad feet.
Queen Anne Highboy Featuring Outstanding Apron, Massachusetts Date/Period: Circa 1755-1760
Measurement: Height: 74"; bottom case width: 38.5"; bottom case depth: 21";
top case width: 36"; top case depth: 18.75"
Material: Birch and Northeastern White Pine, Mahoganized Surface (red)
Condition: Very good, replaced brasses
Additional Information: In two parts, the upper with molded cornice projecting over a
case with five graduated thumb-molded drawers; the lower section with long drawer
above three short drawers. The case is raised on cabriole legs resting on pad feet on
platforms. Outstanding scalloped, lobed, and arcaded apron.
Antique Highboy, Queen Anne Shell Carved Flat Top, Marriage Made in Heaven
Connecticut, circa 1765-1785
Cherry, mahoganized finish
A fan carved cherry highboy [high chest] in two parts; the upper section features cove molding above a case having two short drawers, over three long graduated drawers.
The lower case with a long drawer over three short drawers, the center drawer fan carved. The whole raised on cabriole legs resting on pad feet. Shaped apron; drawers are overhanging thumb-molded. (Very good condition; surface was recently restored; height: 66.5"; bottom case: 38" x 21.5"; top case: 36" x 19.25")
Queen Anne Walnut Bonnet-top Highboy, Boston, Circa 1740 – 1770, Original Brasses
Walnut and white pine secondary woods
Pure Queen Anne; early lines and proportions
Elegant closed and molded, broken arch bonnet-top; above upper and lower cases of thumb molded drawers; top case features a tier of three short drawers above four graduated long drawer; the lower case with single long drawer over the center reverse blocked (concave carved) drawer flanked by a pair of short drawers. The three-part skirt features flat-headed arches; the whole raised on unusually graceful cabriole legs terminating on large pad feet. This high chest retains original small brasses typical of the style. Overall excellent condition consistent with age and use; as is typical, the finials are old replacements. Drawer linings to a single long drawer restored; very small patch to rear lower back corner of top case; a very tight [closed] fissure to side knee of proper left rear leg that in no-way compromises the integrity or aesthetic. A fine New England highboy offered at a most reasonable price that was sold by Joe Kindig III in 1978. (Correspondence available to purchaser)
(Overall height: 87"; upper: width: 37.25" depth: 19.25"; lower: width: 39.75"; depth: 20.5")
18th Century Carved Bonnet Top Highboy
Connecticut, Circa 1765-1780
Cherry, period brasses in original piercings
Full bonnet, potently molded broken arch pediment above fan-carved short drawer
flanked by short drawers above four long drawers…all thumb-molded. Lower case with
single long drawer over three short drawers, the center features wonderfully conceived
and executed carving. The stiles and triple arcade apron display unusual inlays…the
whole raised on cabriole legs resting on turned pad feet. The tall chest is in old finish
and in generally good condition; some roof boards are old replacements; bottom drawer
of top case has a cracked lip to bottom drawer. Believe it-or-not, this is a marriage made
in heaven. (Height: 82”, 87” to tip of finial; width of bottom case: 36”, depth: 22”)
Antique Highboy, Fan Carved, Claw and Ball Feet, Old Surface, Walnut
North Shore Massachusetts, 1750 to 1760
This item just in, more information to follow, please call if interested
(Very good condition, minor imperfections commensurate with age and use; two backboards replaced; H: 73.25", bottom case W: 40.75", bottom case D: 26.25", top case W: 36.25", top case D: 19")
Antique Highboy, Bonnet Top Queen Anne, Carved Cherrywood Connecticutt , Circa 1770
Cherry, white pine and poplar
This successful highboy of inspired design was created by an ambitious and highly gifted rural Connecticut Valley cabinet maker. The steeply pitched cyma scrolled pediment with enclosed bonnet is ornamented with vigorous moldings featuring carved rosette termini. The scrolling of the tympanum board creates a relationship between positive and negative space, and centers the plinth with flame carved finial. The drawer organization and graduation is enhanced by superbly carved center drawers, featuring an aster at top and a shell in the lower case. The unusually tall cabriole legs, cyma scrolled apron with drop pendants, create a powerful vertical presence. The combination of design, condition, appealing old color, and carved embellishments work in concert creating a successful expression. The backboard is signed S B 1770 in original ‘bricking’. The highboy remains in remarkably intact condition with only minor repairs; period brasses are installed within original borings.
(Dimensions: H: 89”; Upper case: W: 35.75”; D: 17.75”; Lower case; W: 38.5”; D: 19”.)
Antique Highboy, Queen Anne
Cherrywood High Chest, Original Brasses, Graceful Apron,
South Eastern Rhode Island, Circa 1760
Excellent proportions, layout and apron-leg relationship; very nice example
(Excellent condition with only one drawer lip repair; H: 76.25”, top case: 36 by 20”, bottom case: 39 by 22”)
Antique Queen Anne Bonnet Top Highboy Fan Carving, Cabriole Legs
Massachusetts, Circa 1750 to 1780
The Quality Readily Apparent in the Vigorous Curve of Bonnet and Carvings
Walnut front, maple sides with some figure
Coastal Massachusetts high chest of drawers featuring two carved fans; the upper section with molded crest centering a plinth flanked by two others, above the case with shell-carved central drawer flanked by a pair of short drawers and above four long graduated drawers; the lower section a pair of short drawers over three short aligned drawers, the triple arcade shaped skirt with pendant drops, raised on cabriole legs ending in pad feet (The period brasses in original borings are not original; H: 86"; W: 38"; D: 21")
Antique Flat Top Highboy, Newport
Detachable Legs, Slipper Feet, Maple
Newport, Rhode Island, Mid 18th C.
In two parts, the upper section with applied molded cornice projecting above two short aligned drawers over four long graduated [thumb molded] drawers; the lower section featuring deep mid-molding above a single long over three short drawers…all above a shaped skirt raised on
cabriole legs resting on slipper feet. (Refinished in mahoganized surface
Replaced hardware, leg cavity blocks are replaced, H: 69"; W: 37.25"; D: 22"
Antique Highboy, Queen Anne, Bonnet Top Original Hardware, Central Plinth, Concave Carved Small Drawers
Boston, Circa 1750 to 1765
Walnut, great surface and pierced brasses, clean
(Brass hardware on small drawers is replaced, others original; finials are not original although appropriate and displaying good and congruent color, else fine and original; H: 74”, top case W: 35”, top case D: 17.5”, bottom case W: 38”, bottom case D: 21”)
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