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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 581

    A QUEEN ANNE FIGURED MAPLE HIGH CHEST-OF-DRAWERS

    STONINGTON OR GROTON-LEDYARD, CONNECTICUT, 1760-1800

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    A QUEEN ANNE FIGURED MAPLE HIGH CHEST-OF-DRAWERS
    Stonington or Groton-Ledyard, Connecticut, 1760-1800
    72 in. high, 40¾ in. wide, 21½ in. deep


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    This high chest and the similar example, lot 585, are part of a related group of flat-top high chests. Those with histories of ownership come from families in either the Stonington or Groton-Ledyard coastal communities. Minor Myers, Jr. and Edgar deN. Mayhew identified this school of cabinetmakers, or perhaps a singular shop, in their exhibition and catalog, New London County Furniture, 1640-1840 (New London, CT, 1991), p. 27, nos. 22-23. They further suggest, on the basis of a high chest with a history of ownership in the Smith and Hyde families of Stonington, and a cabinetmaker's tool branded Smith, that an unidentified member of the Smith family, possibly Jonathan Smith, was the maker. The high chests in this group are all flat-top examples, employ the same drawer arrangements and have very similar skirt designs although occasionally with slight variation. All of them eschew the use of knee brackets.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    David Wheatcroft, Westborough, Massachusetts


    Literature

    "The Forum: New London County Furniture," Antiques and Arts Weekly, vol. V, no. IV (December, 1991).