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A CHIPPENDALE CARVED WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST
A CHIPPENDALE CARVED WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST
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A CHIPPENDALE CARVED WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST

PHILADELPHIA, 1755-1770

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A CHIPPENDALE CARVED WALNUT CHEST-ON-CHEST
PHILADELPHIA, 1755-1770
100 1/2 in. high, 44 1/4 in. wide, 22 3/4 in. deep
Provenance
Descended in the Haddon Family, Haddonfield, New Jersey
Sold, Christie's, New York, 22 January 1983, lot 517

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Lot Essay

An exceptional survival of virtuoso carved ornament, this chest-on-chest displays the talents of an unidentified but highly accomplished craftsman. Carved into the façade of the drawer rather than applied, the tendrils on the shell drawer are atypical, as are the shell’s pronounced lobes with overlaid acanthus-leaf carving. Such details suggest the work of an individual who trained out of the mainstream artisanal community in eighteenth-century Philadelphia.

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