The rectangular cove-molded top over an upper case having five thumb molded
graduated long drawers, the molded lower case with two similarly molded long drawers,
above a shaped apron joining cabriole legs featuring shaped returns, the legs resting on
platform pad feet. The tops of drawer sides (secondary) feature double arch molding.
Third drawer in top section displays loss to lip at corner; approximately 15-inches of
bottom drawer top lip was cracked as so many are…now glued. As depicted, the bottom
drawer of lower case has lip loss at corner. We have an excellent restored that can
successfully repair and color at a reasonable rate. Lovely two-to-one proportions.
(Height: 75"; bottom case: 38.25" x 19.25"'; top case: 35.75" x 17.5")
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”).
Measurement: Height: 30.75"; top: 33.25" x 21”; case: 29.75" x 19.5"
Material: Walnut, Northeastern white pine
Condition: Excellent, mellow patina
Additional Information: Rectangular molded top featuring re-entrant corners above a
small case of five overhanging thumb-molded edges drawers and deeply shaped apron.
The whole raised on lovely cabriole legs ending in pad feet resting on platforms.
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")
Material: Maple with some figure, chestnut secondary wood
Condition: Excellent, retains a pleasing old surface, probably from the second quarter
of the 20th century. There is minor evidence of old, inactive pesting in the feet.
The drop finial is missing, else fine.
Additional Information: Clearly… instantly recognizable as a Newport form, featuring
the classic Highly desirable deeply scalloped apron and detachable legs. The waist
molding is attached to the top case. Molded cornice, the upper section with two aligned
drawers over four long drawers, the base with a single long drawer over three aligned
short drawers, with shaped apron, on detachable cabriole legs resting on turned pad
feet. (full pads)
The provenance is recorded in/on a 19th century hand-written paper attached to a
drawer bottom, which traces the order of decent through the Bridgham family of Bristol,
A rare and lovely dressing table related to a yet to be conclusively identified group of
high chests and dressing tables by “The Elusive Joiner”, an accomplished craftsman
highly skilled in the development of scale and form. The beautifully proportioned case
features the graceful integration of transitional William and Mary (early Baroque) design
elements that speak to its successful design and early date. The [ 33.75 by 20 7/8-inch]
molded overhanging top with notched front corners is over the (17 7/8 by 29 7/8-inch]
case containing three short drawers, each retaining original brass hardware. The
rhythmic treatment of the skirt with its high central Persian arch is common to this small
group of furniture; an incised bead conforms to the front and masterful side profiles. The
front and side apron profiles transition seamlessly as a continuum of the inside lines of
the sawn cabriole legs resting on outstanding ankleted Spanish feet.
See: The American Philosophical Society, APS Library Bulletin, Winter 2001;
Philadelphia Cabinetmaking and Commerce, 1718-1753: The Account Book of John
Head, Joiner by Jay Robert Stiefel. Figure 18, a high chest on cabriole legs with
Spanish feet and with identical apron is pictured and discussed. Figures 26, 27, and 28
depict dressing tables from this group owned by Dr. Richard Mones, Private Collections
and Skip Chalfant; also, a high chest in the Stenton Mansion Museum, Philadelphia
country home of James Logan, colonial Mayor of Philadelphia and Chief Justice of
the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.
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)
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")
Maple and poplar, old red paint
The frieze incorporating a hidden document drawer over an arrangement of eight drawers, shaped skirt joining cabriole legs resting on pad feet. (Replaced brasses, some old and minor repairs; Height: 66.5"; Bottom Case: width: 37.75"; depth: 21"; Top Case: width: 36"; depth: 20")
A two-part high chest, the upper section featuring two short over three long drawers, resting on a three drawer base raised on trumpet/bell-turned legs joined by flat serpentine stretchers on robust ball feet. Old Victorian surface including ebonized legs, stretchers and moldings. The brasses are not original, other minor imperfections congruent with age and use…legs and molding are original. (Height: 61.5”, bottom case measures 39 by 21”, top case measures 35.25 by 19”)
(We note that there are minor surface boroughs limited to apron under lower case center drawer caused by beetle larvae long ago; this will be easily rectified by a skilled woodworker. There is a chip to proper left crown molding at outside edge; loss to one knee-return, otherwise clean and very attractive. H: 71.75", top case W: 37.75", top case D: 18", bottom case W: 39.5", bottom case D: 19")
The drawer organization, graduation and carving; split top drawer configuration and positioning of brasses in concert with design elements of apron, and graceful cabriole legs; produce a very pleasing and successful form displaying the makers competence.
Excellent condition, replaced hardware; H: 68.5"; top case W: 38.25"; top case D: 20"; bottom case W: 37.25"; bottom case D: 20".
Bold crown-molding above upper case having three short drawers over four graduated drawers; lowercase with three short drawers over single long drawer, drawers are thumb-molded with overhanging lips. The whole raised on cabriole legs resting on claw-and-ball feet joined by scalloped apron. Period brasses are in original borings; three bails and two back-plates in lower case are replaced. We note that there are a few minor lip issues that will easily be respired. (H: 74.25"; bottom case W: 40"; bottom case D: 21.5"; top case W: 36"; top case D: 19.5")
Rectangular molded top above the upper case of four overhanging thumb-molded and graduated long drawers, the top drawer molded to simulate three short drawers; molded lower case with two long drawers; the fan carved bottom drawer simulating three drawers; all above an arcaded apron featuring a pair of lobed drops. The case raised on cabriole legs featuring carved returns and pad feet on platforms.
This finely striped example remains in superb condition with no drawer lip repairs; probably old-refinish; now with rich color; one side-return is missing as is one brass bail, the brasses appear to be period are within the original borings.
(H: 65", bottom case W: 40.5", bottom case D: 19.75", top case W: 39", top case D: 18")
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"; base width: 39.25"; base depth: 22"; top case width: 37"; top case depth: 20.75".)
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"; top case width: 37.5"; top case depth: 17"; bottom case width: 38.5"; bottom case depth: 19")
274-105 - SOLD
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