03-06-2011 03-06-2011
Skinner Auctions
Skinner Auctions Boston MA
2538B Boston
March 6, 2011 11:00 AMCalender

Rare Queen Anne Carved and Inlaid Walnut High Chest of Drawers

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2538B Location: Boston Date / Time: March 06, 2011 11:00AM


Rare Queen Anne Carved and Inlaid Walnut High Chest of Drawers, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, c. 1735-60, old brasses, (19th century alterations fitted as two pieces of furniture), overall ht. 74, wd. 45 1/2, dp. 23 1/2 in.

Provenance: An early Massachusetts family with further New Hampshire Durham family ancestry.

Literature: Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast, catalogue no. 18, p. 138, illustrates and discusses a dressing table most likely made by the same cabinetmaker. That dressing table was sold at Christie's sale of the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eddy Nicholson, January 28, 1995, as lot 1046.
Estimate $3,000-5,000

the lower section was used as a sideboard in the dining room; the top (now with a bracket base) was used as a bureau. There are veneer losses and repairs; two legs damaged but original, missing drop pendants, sides with shrinkage cracks, etc.


Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Durham, same cabinetmaker, Eddy Nicholson