Boldly profiled crown molding above the molded case featuring two short drawers over four long drawers; the case is raised on a robustly molded base resting on double-ogee cutout feet joined by an outstanding and sophisticated skirt. (Cyma recta, reversa, and cavetto profiles) Backboards are original; albeit that the brasses are old-they are not original; old refinish with tint recently added. Dimensions: 56" H, 40" W, 21.5" D.
645-1 - SOLD
Antique Curly Maple Chest, Vermont Tiger Maple, Attributed to Loomis Family
Shaftsbury, Vermont, Circa 1815 (Asa, Daniel and Russell Loomis)
Rampant tiger maple, birch, basswood, white pine - SOLD
A Federal chest featuring slightly projecting bullnose top over a case containing two
short drawers over four long drawers; the bracket feet joining exceptional apron. The
period brasses are the second set within original borings. The case dimensions and
drawer layout are Loomis shop traditions [probably Asa,] which were clearly inspired by
Richard Allison of New York City; layout and dimensions are nearly identical. Also,
vertical backboards joined by floating splines; through tenon top drawer rail, and
bullnose molded top. (Case: 43.5 by 17.5”, top: 45 by 18.5”)
See The Best the Country Affords – Vermont Furniture 1765-1850 by Kenneth Joel
Zogry, pp. 42, 43, plate 15. Also, Rich and Tasty, Vermont Furniture to 1850 by Jean
Burks and Philip Zea, pp. 120, 121, catalog 48. The base on our chest is related to a
chest produced in Western Vermont, see pp. 132, 133, catalog 54.
Boston, Two-Part Chest of Drawers, Jacobean, Mannerist/Baroque
Extremely Rare, Small Size… a form rarely made in America Date/Period: Circa 1650-1670 - SOLD
Measurement: H: 37”, W: 37.5”, D: 22.5”
Material: Primary wood: oak; walnut fronts, maple spindles
Condition: Exceptional preservation, intact mostly original surface, brasses
Additional Information: One of the few and best early American examples extant,
constructed in two parts, made with removable top case having two drawers above the
lower case also having two drawers. Mid-molding separating the lower and upper
sections is attached to the upper case. The harmonious paneled drawer fronts and
turned spindles are most pleasing; the top features a gouge-carved serrated edge
displaying punch decoration between each lobe; the rail beneath is similarly treated.
The double chest is raised on two front bun feet that are original and two straight rear
References: For a chest with related two-part construction, see Helen Comstock, American Furniture: A Complete Guide to Seventeenth, Eighteenth and Early
Nineteenth Century Styles, item 62. Also, see Robert Trent, New England Begins, Vol.
2, no. 256 [Layton Collection, Milwaukee Art Center]. Also, among other references is,
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, pp. 56-57.
Condition: Wonderful old surface; top was covered for a very longtime leaving a
smooth surface while the front edge and remainder of chest developed a wonderful
Additional Information: The shaped top with molded edge above a block-end
conforming case containing four scratch-beaded graduated long drawers on a molded
base resting on shapely ogee bracket feet. (Brasses are period and are within original
borings; sliver size repair to single foot; dry surface with robust patina.
Scrolled backsplash above ovolo cornered top; case with four beaded drawers featuring
outstanding wood. Turned and reeded engaged columns continuing to tall turned legs
joined by apron; applied reeded moldings at base of case joining front and rear legs.
(Height at backsplash: 46.25"; height: 40.5"; width: 41.5"; depth: 20.5")
The rectangular molded top above a case containing two short drawers over three graduated long
drawers; drawer fronts feature burl walnut veneer within herringbone banding; the molded base raised
on ball feet resting on full conical pads. Feet are likely old replacements as are the engraved brasses.
(Height: 38.5"; width: 36"; depth: 19.75")
(Excellent as-found condition, retains original backboards�the lowest backboard (height of feet) joining the rear feet probably for structural integrity, is not original to case; H: 33", W: 41.5", D: 20")
Molded and slightly projecting lid on conforming case; deep well [false two drawer front]
above three working drawers. The case features raised panel sides, half round
moldings and a bold base molding above distinct regional turned curly maple feet. [case
stiles continue to feet] The case is backed with two wide boards [rosehead nails]
featuring molded edges and a great rich patina. (Generally excellent condition, very
minor imperfections consistent with age and use. Snipe hinges refreshed within original
piercings; small (1.5-inch) patch to proper right side of upper drawer. Color was expertly
and sensitively added to the case. Height: 51”, width: 31.5” , depth: 17.5” )
Applied molding with bead over a case containing two short over four long drawers with molded edges; raised on a base with applied beaded molding above tall slightly compressed ball-feet on full tapering conical supports. This example with exceptional proportions and no structural restoration is in an old thinning brown/red wash over original red stain. Turned wood pulls are replaced with all else fine. (Height: 49.75"; width: 37.5"; depth: 19.25".)
The frieze of curly maple veneer under the rectangular protruding top relates to chests made at coastal Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The overall shape of case, the shaped skirt profile and diamond shaped cartouche within drop panel and flared front feet are similar to chests made in New York State.
The four long drawers have white pine secondary wood; maple veneer on solid maple drawer fronts with dark contrasting banding and applied curly maple edge molding. The drawers are configured in various depths. The whole raised on a base with dramatically shaped front profile and tall French feet. Brasses appear to be original; refinished with decent color and patina. The top has candle burn marks as depicted. (Dimensions are 39.5" wide; depth: 19.5"; top measures 40.74 by 2025".)
Slightly overhanging elliptical top featuring ovolo corners and contrasting crossbanded edges over conforming case containing four crossbanded, inlaid and beaded drawers centered by engaged reeded columns continuing to turned and reeded legs joined by crossbanded valanced apron. (H: 43"; W: 42"; D: 22")
This urban piece features integrated, patterned, and plain inlays & original surface
Birch, White Pine…original surface
The bookcase with projecting and inlaid top features a pair of fielded panel doors displaying center inlay; mortice and tenon joined fielded panel doors also feature conforming string inlay joined by quarter-fans. The top of lower case, also projecting, features handmade inlay withinits edge; the case containing three graduated drawers featuring inlays that conform to paneled doors is joined by square inlayed stiles continuing to tapered-legs displaying matching inlays. The doors open to an interior offering a fullwidth bookshelf above a ledger compartment having corner-bracket…flanked by drawers below which is found nine valanced cubbies. Overall condition is fine, very nice patina; a most unusual form, perhaps unique special order. Found within the desk is a very old piece of toned paper identifying an owner: “Miss Lydia A. Cobb – Littleton, NH”, Lydia was a member of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union in Littleton during the 1880s. A trust fund in the amount of $143.95 was established as the Lydia A. Cobb, Cemetery Lot Fund on January 1, 1948. (20 x 41 x 53.5")
The molded top over five drawers (two short, three long) having replaced brass hardware; the maple drawer fronts are ready for expert restoration. The original borings are in need of filling and the application of color. The bottom molding and feet are replacements. (H: 37"; W: 35.5"; D: 20")
Molded serpentine top above a conforming case fitted with four graduated drawers raised on high, well carved claw and ball feet. Minor imperfections (about 4" of top molding at rear restored) brasses are replaced.
(H: 32.5"; W: 36"; D: 20")
Serpentine-front chests made in Connecticut are rare, and only a few examples, including the present example, feature quarter columns with stop fluting. A nearly identical chest is illustrated and discussed in Minor Meyers, Jr. and Edgar de N. Mayhew, New London County Furniture 1640-1840, pp. 68 and 69, number 81. Another similar example, with the addition of line inlay to the drawer fronts, is published within Connecticut Furniture: Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, page 42, number 71.
(Brasses are replaced, patches, some foot restoration; refinished; full report available; W: 39.5"; H: 39", D: 21.5")
An early 18th century red-painted pine chest featuring a molded top over two false long drawers over three working drawers; applied lower molding over turned ball front feet; the rear feet are stretcher type. Layers of paint expertly removed to expose strong traces of original red paint; layers of paint were chemically removed from facing of long drawer explaining the slight difference in surface. Our restorer is able to add congruent pigment. Also, one piece of lower side molding is a replacement; replaced brass hardware, else fine. (H: 37.5"; W: 33"; D: 19.75")
LITERATURE: For a closely related example see Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and His Contemporaries, 1750-1800 by Thomas and Alice Kugelman with Robert Lionetti, page 82, catalog entry 32. Also, an identically patterned scalloped top is pictured and discussed on pages 108 and 109, catalog entry 45. Within Dean Fales' book, The Historic Furniture of Deerfield, (page 219, figure 445) is published a lowboy featuring a similar top (probably Hatfield, Massachusetts). Magazine Antiques, June 1939, Israel Sack advertisement, page 269 (lowboy, similar top profile, Connecticut) Magazine Antiques, June 1961, Kenneth Hammitt advertisement, page 539 Identical top
(A galley-like molding was removed from the top at rear; period brasses, posts are within original borings; overall very good; H: 37", W: 41.25", D: 22.5")
(Wear consistent with age, feet are restored; they are pieced behind base molding; several inches or proper right rear stile restored at base; restoration to a small section of left proper front molding (corner) and old beetle borings; attractive; H: 34", W: 37.25", D: 21")
Backsplash flanked by chimneys above three short glove/handkerchief drawers on a rectangular top projecting above a case with a stepped-out long drawer over three recessed long drawers centered by spiral, ring, and diamond-carved engaged-columns resting on projecting block-plinths; the whole raised on spiral and ring turned legs resting on ball-feet. (Case sides are fielded panels, back legs are tapered slab-cut)
(Excellent condition, H: 51.5", W: 45.5", D: 20")
As depicted, with a bold overhanging serpentine shaped top above four graduated drawers; and diminutive size; the whole raised on a bold scrolled bracket base with dipped front apron having superb returns. A rare and desirable form created by a provincial craftsman from the Upper Connecticut River Valley, possibly as far north as Vermont; the chest shows design influences of the area from Hartford, Connecticut to North Hampton, Massachusetts. Minor restoration to left side of base and replaced knobs with all else fine. (Dimensions: 36.5" high, 36" case width, 18 1/8" case width, 42.5 by 21.5" top.)
Having a molded top over a single arch molded case of two short drawers over three graduated long drawers with applied lower edge molding and turned ball feet that may be original. Imperfections; period brasses not original; the surface and some moldings refreshed. Call for additional information. (H: 36.25"; W: 36.75"; D: 20.5")
The rectangular top with bow-front slightly overhangs the conforming case with four drawers having applied beaded edges; outstanding crotch birch panels framed by rosewood banding; centering magnificently grained veneered mahogany panels that are similarly cross banded and inlayed. The edge of top is inlayed as is the base with tall spurred French feet joined by a wonderfully shaped apron; note that the sting inlay goes straight across the skirt which is typical of Portsmouth shop traditions-as are the spurred French feet. Brasses are appropriate replacements; all feet are replaced. (H: 37.75"; W: 41.5"; D: 21 1/8")
270-40 - SOLD
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