Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, circa 1780
H. 20 in.; W. (at base) 11 7/8 in.
A similar spice chest is illustrated in "American Antiques from the Israel Sack Collection," vol. VII, Feb., 1961, #376.
In his June 5, 1970 letter to Dr. Deyerle, Benno M. Forman, Research Fellow at Winterhur, states that this is New England and quite rare, and five in all are known (two at Winterhur, one in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one at the Art Institute of Chicago and the present example.)
Provenance: Christopher Rebollo Antiques, Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania
Estimate: $4,000 - $8,000
It is an honor and pleasure for Keno Auctions to offer for sale the Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Isbell. People collect for a variety of reasons; the Isbells assembled a fabulous Americana collection because of their passion for each piece. Over three decades they sought out the best examples of high quality Colonial American furniture and folk art using the criteria of quality, rarity, condition and provenance as their guide
Condition: Surface has been cleaned; interior with five drawers (possibly cedrela wood); secondary wood: pine and poplar; crack to front left foot facing and side front facing.