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.
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.