Queen Anne Tiger Maple High Chest of Drawers, Rhode Island, dated 1749, the upper section with thumbmolded drawers set into the base by a deep two-part mid-molding, the lower dovetailed case of thumbmolded drawers on "removable" cabriole legs with arris knees continuing to slipper feet, replaced 18th century brasses, refinished, (minor imperfections), ht. 69 1/2, lower case wd. 39, dp. 21; sold together with a pen and ink calligraphic family record of the births and marriages of the John Clapp family of Warwick, Rhode Island, inscribed "James Pollard's Scriptit," and dated "July 29, AD 1796," in original black and gilt frame bearing the label of Peter Grinnell & Son, Providence, sight size 14 1/2 x 11 1/2; and a small framed needlework sampler by Mercy Stafford Waterman Clapp, aged nine years, 1830, sight size 8 x 9 in.
Provenance: Highboy descended in the family of John Waterman (1691-1751) and Mercy Stafford Waterman of Warwick, Rhode Island; Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques, Colchester, Connecticut, 1991; from whom it was acquired by the present owners.
backboards are original but have later chamfering to accomodate shrinkage in the case, backboards dated 1749 in early paint.