Condition: Very Good, old repair to rear of lid near
hinge, displays well.
Refrence: See “A Distinctive Group of Early Vermont Painted
Furniture” by Caroline Hebb, Magazine Antiques, September
1973: pp. 558 – 461. Also, New England Paint-Decorated
Chests: Discoveries of Attributions by David Crashes,
published in Folk Art magazine; summer 2000: pp. 38-45.
There are several other good articles that we will happily
share with you. Also…The Best the Country Affords: Vermont
Furniture 1765-1850 by Joel Zogry.
Additional Information: Footed lidded six-board chest featuring
original painted decoration. Features favored by the South
Shaftsbury School include rear foot brackets being notched
into backboard; lid of till features a beaded edge with an
incised line parallel to rounded edge. The overall form, especially
foot/apron design, the faux graining, and other painted ornamentation
such as stringing and cross-banding are closely related.
Children’s Blanket Chest, Possibly Soap Hollow, Somerset County, Pennsylvania
Paint Decorated for Thomas Murphy
Date/Period: Dated 1849
Measurement: 17" x 25.75" x 15.5"
Condition: Lid and base molding repainted, hinges replaced.
Additional Information: Dovetail joined case on bracket feet. The front displays the name “Thomas Murphy” and is dated “1849”.
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Six Board Chest, Boldly Painted, Lively Energy
Date/Period: Early 19th-Century
Condition: Good…a mouse gnawed an entry, else commensurate with age and use; displays very well.
Additional Information: Boldly brushed, loud and lively faux graining; green paint darkly
oxidized to near-black against a tan-mustard ground. Cleated top retaining
original butt hinges…th case raised on ogee cutout [bootjack] base.
Blanket Chest, Boldly Paint Decorated, Vermont Date/Period: Circa 1820
Material: Pine, polychrome, brass, and iron hardware
Condition: Excellent original condition except for brasses
Additional Information: Rectangular/cleated top with chamfered edges on conforming
case containing lidded till; the deep chest above working long drawer…the whole raised
on tall vigorous cutout frontal bracket feet, the side feet feature a tall ogee profile.
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Outstanding Base and Original Condition Date/Period: Early 19th Century
Additional Information: Beautiful thumb-molded top having finely crafted cleats and
original hinges over the deep chest containing lidded till; single long drawer retaining
original brass pulls. The whole raised on tall and outstanding cutout feet. Soft gray rag-
daubed paint with subtle hints of red intermixed.
Blanket Chest, New England, Original Red Paint Date/Period: 1780-1830
Additional Information: Rectangular top with applied molded edge above conforming
deep chest…beneath which is a single long drawer with thumbmolded edge; raised on
molded base featuring bootjack cutout.
Blanket Chest, Six Board Blanket Box, Shoe Feet, Original Blue Paint
Attributed to Pennsylvania or new Jersey Date/Period: 1780-1830
Measurement: Height: 24"; width: 41"; depth: 18"
Material: White Pine
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: A blue-painted chest, cleated rectangular top retaining original
snipe hinges over conforming case with lidded till…raised on show/trestle feet featuring
Antique Chippendale Blanket Chest
This chest, in original condition, with a boldly molded rectangular lid over conforming case raised on molded base featuring outstanding ogee feet. The condition including original red paint is excellent.
Dimensions: 24" high, 50.75" wide, 22" deep.
Paint Decorated Blanket Chest, Outstanding Faux Graining Including Inlay
New England Date/Period: 1800-1825
Condition: Fine original condition including hardware
Additional Information: The rectangular lid with applied moldings above the
conforming chest…the interior with lidded till. The whole raised on bootjack feet.
The exuberant allover decoration is lively, broad brushstrokes and fine detail, rarely
encountered faux sting inlay includes an oval center panel.
Lift-top Paint Decorated Two-Drawer Blanket Chest, Faux Curly Maple
Likely Massachusetts, Early 19th Century
Original faux curly maple graining, fine construction, outstanding original condition
The rectangular top with tapered and notched cleats over a deep-well above two working long-drawers retaining original turned wood pulls above tall cutout bracket feet; the sides featuring ogee foot profiles. (Height: 44", width: 39", depth: 18")
Sailors Sea Trunk, Chest, Underside of Lid is Decorated,
Original Blue Paint & Beckets
The trunk is branded: C.C. Dame [Schooner Charles C.
Dame, Charles S. Grove, Captain] Date/Period: 19th Century - SOLD
Condition: Overall good, used condition, wonderfully weather paint with some losses to lid. The hinges have been replaced which speaks to the fact that this piece was used!
Additional Information: Rectangular cleated lid over conforming dovetailed case having a pair
of beckets and being canted front-and-back. The vignette under lid remains in excellent
condition and displays a barque on high seas flying her American flag; a lighthouse off
her bow…within a painted oval rope frame flanked by mermaids, scallop shells and
Grove’s elegant, dark-hulled 567-ton schooner, built in 1882 at a shipbuilding yard on the
Merrimack River was named for a prominent civic and Masonic leader of Newburyport,
Massachusetts. The original Charles C. Dame was lost in “a terrible gale” off North Cape Breton
Island in 1873. The ship’s entire crew of 18 men perished.
Blanket Chest, Old Blue Paint
Poplar case, chestnut drawer bottom - SOLD
Hinged rectangular top with applied molding above a conforming case having four false-front drawers (two faux short-drawers over two long-drawers), above a working long-drawer, with applied molding at base; the whole on tall arched cutout feet. The surface cleaned to reveal thinning and wonderful blue paint; brass hardware is replaced (each brass hiding a small wood dowel plugging later post apertures); bottoms of drawer sides slightly built-up adjusting use-wear, and smooth functioning. This attractive chest remains in generally very good condition; any minor imperfections are consistent with age. (H: 36"; W: 38"; D: 19.5")
Blanket Chest on Ball Feet, Original Surface History, Blue paint, Mid-Atlantic Date/Period: 18th Century - SOLD
Condition: Excellent other than a seasonal smile to lid
Additional Information: The lid on wrought iron strap hinges is over the dovetail joined
case raised on four ball feet [long necks] The chest displays a wonderful surface of blue
paint which at one time was overpainted black; now thinned and about nonexistent.
Great size and proportions for the foot of a bed.
William & Mary, Red Painted Ball Foot Chest, Drawer, Massachusetts, RARE Date/Period: Circa 1725 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 33"; width: 28"; depth: 20"
Material: Pine, poplar, maple
Provenance: I.M. Wiese, Southbury, Connecticut; The Volk Collection
Condition: Very good, any imperfections are trivial…consistent with age and use. Sliver
of base molding [left proper side] is missing (we can have expertly restored).
As is typically the case, one hinge is loose.
Additional Information: Extremely rare and possibly unique proportions. Original surface
history. The slightly projecting top featuring molded edges remains on original
snipe hinges; the deep chest over single working drawer surrounded by applied half
round molding; the whole on robustly molded base raised on outstanding ball
feet retaining pads.
William & Mary Ball Foot Blanket Chest, Robust Moldings, Red Paint, HRV
Hudson River Valley, N.Y.
Date/Period: 18th Century - SOLD
Material: Pine, gumwood, ash, wrought iron hinges, “T” head nails, wood pegs
Condition: Excellent, early 19th century red over original red paint
Additional Information: Projecting lid [strap hinges] featuring outstanding molding
over the dovetail joined case …the base with conforming molding; moldings
are applied with “T” head nails and larger wooden pegs. The case is
raised on four original beautifully turned ball feet. The interior
retains lidded till; front panel slides upward to reveal hidden drawer.
The red-painted surface displays a dry patina.
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