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Premier Auction - Session II

Sat, Mar 26, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 857

Pennsylvania Chippendale Cherry Chest on Chest

Estimate: $5,000 - $7,000

Bid Increments

Price Bid Increment
$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

1750-1790, very highly figured cherry with sweetgum, white cedar, and yellow pine secondary, upper case with removable cornice over six highly figured drawers flanked by fluted quarter columns, conforming lower case with three drawers, set on ogee bracket feet, illegible chalk inscriptions on backboard, 80-1/2 x 48-1/2 x 25-1/4 in.

Provenance: Inherited circa 1962 by Mrs. W. T. Sheffield (Pickney Grovatt Sheffield) from her father William Moncure Grovatt of Blackstone, Virginia. Mr. Grovatt purchased the chest circa 1950 from Mr. Brockwell, who stated that the chest was originally made for Mr. Jerome Bonaparte and his American wife Elizabeth Patterson by a Philadelphia cabinetmaker; acquired by Colonial Williamsburg from Mrs. Sheffield in 1967; Property Deaccessioned by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, Virginia; all proceeds to benefit the Collections Acquisitions Fund


good overall, brasses replaced, lower section of one front foot replaced, feet otherwise in very good condition with only minor repairs, patches at locks to two drawer dividers, other scattered very minor repairs, typical shrinkage cracks at case sides (see condition notes from Colonial Williamsburg Conservation Lab)