Joined Oak Chest with Drawers, Plymouth County, Massachusetts., c. 1690, the molded lift top above a geometric paneled facade centering a double tombstone, and embellished with sawtooth carved molding and ebonized turned half-balusters, with paneled sides and stile feet, ht. 33 3/4, wd. 51 1/2, dp. 21 in.
Provenance: Miss C.M. Traver, New York; Parke-Bernet Galleries; Private Collection, Indiana; Village Green Antiques, Richland, Michigan; Sotheby's, January 22 & 23, 2010, Lot 458.
Literature: Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, Vol. 1, p. 36, fig. 24; "History in Houses: The Van Cordlandt House in New York," The Magazine Antiques 56, no. 2 (August 1949),pp. 104-107.
Exhibitions: Van Cortlandt Mansion, Bronx, New York.
Note: According to the catalog note when this piece was last offered at auction, "Only four other chests [from this group of Plymouth County examples] survive with the double arch arrangement of moldings on the central panel. They are located at the Detroit Institute of Arts, Historic New England (ex. Nina Fletcher Little collection),The Henry Ford Museum and a private collection."
insect damage to the backboards and in small areas (including the split-baluster decoration) elsewhere, old moisture damage to backboards. mouse holes to drawer bottoms and drawer sides. Top with new cleats and may be an old replacement.
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