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Premier Auction | May 19, 2023

Fri, May 19, 2023 09:00AM EDT
Lot 704

Connecticut River Valley Chippendale Cherry Chest on Chest

Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

circa 1780-1790, attributed to the workshop of Eliphalet Chapin (American, 1741–1807), spired compressed ball finials, latticework broken arch pediment with fanned roundels, batwing brasses, fluted quarter column stiles, serpentine lower case, spurred ogee bracket feet, white pine secondary, dovetailed and rosehead nail construction, 83 x 41 x 21-1/2 in.

Note: This chest-on-chest shares many of the same hallmark features of case furniture attributed to the workshop of Eliphalet Chapin, one of the most prestigious cabinetmakers of pre-Revolutionary War Connecticut. The spired compressed ball finials are identical to the finials of a high chest from a private Windsor collection illustrated in Connecticut Valley Furniture: Eliphalet Chapin and his Contemporaries, 1750-1800 by Thomas and Alice Kugelman (fig. 59). The impeccably carved latticework pediment relates to several examples documented in Connecticut Valley Furniture, including a well-known high chest conserved in the collection of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford (fig. 63, acc. 1964.146).


fine state of preservation overall, restored finish, pediment with one small replaced area on proper right side, some small losses along rear side of pediment, finials in excellent condition, period replaced brasses, original feet with some tiny surface repairs, scattered typical wear and imperfections expected with age and use