• Important American Furniture,  auction at Christies

    Sale 2287

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver & Chinese Export

    21 - 25 January 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 304

    A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT DRESSING TABLE

    BOSTON, CIRCA 1750

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    A QUEEN ANNE WALNUT DRESSING TABLE
    BOSTON, CIRCA 1750
    32 in. high, 36 in. wide, 19 in. deep (2)


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    A nearly identical example can be found in John T. Kirk's Early American Furniture, (New York, 1970), pp. 114, fig. 98. Highlighted by Kirk as "one of the purest, most direct statements of the Queen Anne form dressing table," the present lot achieves the same result through its simple well balanced design.

    Provenance

    The Whipple Family, Salem, Massachusetts
    G.K.S. Bush, Washington , D.C.


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE THOMAS J. CARROLL REVOCABLE TRUST

    Thomas J. Carroll was born on November 13, 1926 in Philadelphia, the son of the late Harry Joseph and Kathryn McLaughlin Carroll. He left school in 1945 to serve in the U.S. Army until the end of World War II. In 1947 he began his professional career at the investment firm of Cartwright and Parmelee, in New York. In December of 1969 he founded Carroll, McEntee & McGinley, a primary government bond dealer, now part of HSBC.

    A lifelong love of horses led him and his wife Joan to the Chester county area of Pennsylvania where they began racing horses and collecting art and antiques. The excitement of steeplechase racing lured him into competing as an amateur owner/rider for several years. When he retired as an amateur jockey he continued to own flat and steeplechase horses and was involved in foxhunting. From the early 1980s, he lived in Middleburg, Virginia and began to expand his art collection, which was strongly influenced by his love of horses and the outdoors, to include works by notable artist such as John Singer Sargent, Sir William Orpen, Edward Potthast, Sir Alfred Munnings, Theodore Robinson and William Merrit Chase.