Antique Highboy, Massachusetts, Original
Surface & Hardware, Time Capsule Condition
18th Century, Lower Merrimack Valley, Bartlett School, Merrimack-Haverhill Area
Cherrywood [primary] maple and pine, original brown wash, drop-finals and knee returns!
This example presented in an “as-found” state, a rarely encountered uncompromised state of originality. The upper-case featuring applied crown moldings over five graduated drawers having overhanging thumb-molded drawer lips; lower case having two long drawers…the lower drawer featuring a faux three drawer front and carved 15-lobe fan. The whole standing on cabriole legs resting on pad feet; all returns present and original; legs joined by a unique apron, a double-lobed-radial-arch flanked by arcades; turned drop-finials are original. Competent and interesting joinery and construction. Written in large fancy script filling a drawer bottom and on the backboards is found a very old shipping address and name; Luther Day, 44 Summer Street, Haverhill, Mass. Day is listed as being in the shoe business at 44 Sumer Street per/the Auditor’s Twenty-Sixth Annual Report of the Receipts and Expenditures of the City of Haverhill For The year Ending December 31, 1895.
(Height: 78"; top case width: 36", depth: 18.5”; bottom case width: 38", depth: 19.75”. a single drawer-lip was cracked and glued, all else fine, complete and original)
Antique Carved Cherrywood Lowboy, Queen Anne Dressing Table, Original Brasses
Connecticut, Circa 1760
Cherry, white pine and poplar
Overhanging molded top above one long over pair of short drawers flanking fan-carved center
drawer…all thumb molded and overhanging; shaped skirt, cabriole legs resting on pad feet.
(Height: 32.5"; width: 35.5"; depth: 22.5")
Period Queen Anne Dressing Table, Shell Carved Lowboy
Northshore, Massachusetts, circa 1740-1750
Walnut & walnut veneers, white pine
Rectangular top with herringbone inlay, molded edge and invected front corners
projecting above a concave-carved and valanced case containing veneered thumb-
molded drawers with herringbone banded edges; a long drawer over three short
drawers, the center drawer featuring an unusual and elaborate shell carving. The
shaped apron with drops joining cabriole legs having shell-carved knees; legs
continuing to pad feet. Imperfections commensurate with age and use; two feet have
breaks yet are stable. As is often encountered…the top was long ago re-veneered using
two rectangular sheets of walnut rather than quarterings [substructure is original].
Brasses are 18th century although not period. Please call or write to discuss.
(Height:30"; width: 30"; depth: 19.25"; case width: 28")
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")
Antique Highboy, Queen Anne
Carved Claw, Ball Feet & Fan,
Period Brass Hardware
Likely Salem, Massachusetts, Circa 1750-1775
A fine and attractive example in mahogany
A carved walnut high chest [highboy], the upper case features a beautifully molded cornice above an arrangement of two short and three graduated long drawers; the lower case with one long drawer over three short drawers, the center drawer with a carved fan, above a shaped apron, on cabriole resting on claw and ball feet.
(Repair to back right leg, else very good; height: 71”, width: 39”, depth: 22”).
Antique Highboy, Figured Walnut,
Original Surface & Engraved Brass Hardware
Boston, Circa 1730 – 1750
Walnut, walnut veneer, herringbone banding, white pine secondary wood
(Excellent original condition; height: 65.75"; bottom case: width: 39.25"; depth: 20.5"; top case: width: 37.75"; depth: 19.75")
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 Highboy, Diminutive
Rich Color and Patina
New England, Maple
Likely Rhode Island, C. 1725-1750
High chest of drawers with flat top, molded projecting cornice; upper section having four graduated
thumb molded drawers; lower case having three aligned drawers all above a triple arcade apron
and drop finials; the sides displaying ogee cutout profiles. The whole raised on delicate
cabriole legs resting on well-shaped feet with full pads
(Base: 34 by 35.5 by 19.5"; top: 35 by 31 by 18.5")
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
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, 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). 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 9is evidenced by intact full-coverage paint remaining on top-boards. The brasses are period 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.)
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”)
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")