Lot 2165: RARE PILGRIM CENTURY MASSACHUSETTS CARVED OAK PALM-PANEL CHEST, ATTRIBUTED TO THE SAVELL SHOP, BRAINTREE.
February 4, 2011
Fairfield, ME, USALive Auction
Description: Third quarter 17th century. The rectangular lid of later construction, mounted to the conforming case with replaced hinges, opening to the interior fitted with lidded till. The case with six carved lunettes on the top rail above four recessed carved palm panels above the long drawer carved with seven foliate rosettes and four smaller pinwheel rosettes in "endless band rosette" design, the case ends of three-panel construction. The whole constructed of quartersawn oak. The case with single deeply chamfered backboard. Literature: 1) For a nearly identical example, see Furniture Treasury by Wallace Nutting, fig. 12, illustrating a chest in the Wadsworth Atheneum Collection, Hartford, Connecticut. 2) Furniture of the Pilgrim Century by Wallace Nutting, p. 10, illustrating a 'palm-panel' chest in his personal collection. 3) Peter Follansbee and John D. Alexander "Seventeenth-Century Joinery from Braintree, Massachusetts: The Savell Shop Tradition" in American Furniture (Milwaukee, WI: Chipstone Foundation, 1996) ed. Luke Beckerdite, pp. 81-104. 4) A nearly identical chest sold at James D. Julia, Inc., lot 2344 in August 2008. SIZE: 33-1/2" h x 53" w overall, 52" w of case x 21-1/2" d. PROVENANCE: By descent through the family of the owner. CONDITION: Chest stripped and refinished. The replaced lid applied with late 19th century brass mounts. The front board and side edges of the lid appear to be original. The original hinges absent. Lock absent. The paneled case remains intact and original. Backboard and rose head nails appear original. Feet appear original, not ended out or spliced. Chest retains original drawer. The cast brass pulls replaced and of the same vintage as the ornamentation on the lid. The integrity of the chest is quite good. The only major element that appears to have been altered and/or replaced being the greater part of the lid including hinges. 9-20882