02-24-2001 02-24-2001
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Bolton MA
February 24, 2001 10:00AMCalender

Neoclassical Mahogany Veneer Corner Sideboard

Auction: Sale #2052 - 2052 Location: Bolton Date / Time: February 24, 2001 10:00AM


Neoclassical Mahogany Veneer Corner Sideboard, Boston, 1820-25, the paneled and scrolled splashboard over the top with a veneered molded edge and a curving front which overhangs the conforming case of three veneered drawers over two recessed paneled doors which enclose a single shelved interior, with similar recessed panel sides above flattened ball feet with brass banding, replaced brass pulls, old surface, (some surface imperfections), overall ht. 42, top ht. 37, wd. 60, dp. 35 in. Provenance: Descended in the family of Kirk Boott (1790-1830), a Boston merchant who in 1822 was appointed the first agent of the Merrimack Company to oversee every aspect of the industrial and community development of Lowell, Massachusetts. He is credited with the economic success of Lowell as an important textile producing city. Boott collected a number of pieces of furniture for his house in Bowdoin Square, Boston. His daughter Francis married William Wells who conducted a school at their home in Cambridge on Brattle Street, at the corner of Fayerweather. Among his pupils were James Russell Lowell and Oliver Wendell Holmes. Their daughter, Francis Boott Wells, married the Reverend William Newell in 1835. They and their children lived in the Brattle Street home with the family furniture. Reverend Newell was the minister of the First Parish Church in Cambridge for forty years. Their daughter married James Moore and the furniture has remained in the Moore family to this day.
Estimate $8,000-12,000


James Russell Lowell, Kirk Boott, Cambridge, Lowell, Merrimack Company, Massachusetts, Brattle Street, Bowdoin Square, William Wells, Francis Boott, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Francis Boott Wells, First Parish Church, minister , Newell, James Moore