A Chippendale Mahogany Chest on Chest
boston or salem, massachusetts, circa 1770
possibly attributed to Abraham Watson, in two parts, the superstructure having a broken arch pediment with dentiled decoration and a twist-carved fluted finial above five graduated drawers flanked by fluted columnar pilasters, the base of serpentine outline and fitted with four graduated drawers, raised on claw and ball feet.
Height 87 3/4 x width 41 x depth 22 1/2 inches.
Estimate $ 100,000-200,000
Property from a Midwestern Collection
Babson-Alling House, Gloucester, Massachusetts
Estate of Elizabeth L. Alling, to her niece, Susan Alling Lynch
Sold Sotheby's New York, January 22, 2005, Lot 1169
In overall good, stable, usable condition. Restored by Alan Miller, Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Exterior with a fairly even finish throughout but with some areas of discoloration/rubbing primarily to the drawer fronts and around the hardware. Feet present a darker finish. Both sides to lower case with vertical age split. Overall with light scattered surface wear (nicks and scratches) consistent with age. Hardware all intact and appears to be original; bottom of top drawer's central escutcheon has been "clipped." Locks present to all drawers except lower drawer, which never had one. Drawers with some shrinkage gaps but all open and close smoothly. Drawer bottoms with some age splits and separations. Lacking right front knee return. Additional detailed images available upon request.