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High chest of drawers


Object number

RIF81

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

160.02 x 86.043 x 57.15 cm (63 x 33 7/8 x 22 1/2 in.)

Date

1700–1720

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Medium

Maple (sides, front of drawer dividers, legs, and stretchers); pine, possibily yellow pine (drawer linings, top, backing for drawer dividers, backboards)

Style

William and Mary

Provenance

John Wightman (1674–1750), Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent to Rev. James Wightman (1709–1791); by descent to Samuel Wightman (1736–1826); by descent to Mary Wightman (1783–1860); by descent to Josiah Bullock Wightman (1806–1925); by descent to Mary Frances Wightman (1830–1925); by descent to Harriet Waldron Frost (1862–1953); by descent to Rufus S. Frost (1893–1974); by descent to Mary Hale. Skinner, Inc., Boston and Bolton, Massachusetts (sale held Bolton), February 27, 2000; sold to Anthony S. Wernecke, Inc., Pond Eddy, New York; sold to Clifford Bonney, Virginia and Massachusetts; sold to Antique Associations of West Townsend, Massachusetts; sold to a private collection

Associated names

John Wightman
Reverend James Wightman
Samuel Wightman
Mary Wightman
Josiah Bullock Wightman
Mary Frances Wightman
Harriet Waldron Frost
Rufus S. Frost
Mary Hale
Skinner, Inc.
Anthony Werneke, Inc.
Mr. Clifford Bonney
Antique Associates at West Townsend, Inc., Massachusetts

Bibliography

Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Mass., American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (February 27, 2000), 33, lot 102, ill.
"Skinner, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 157, no. 2 (February 2000): 260, ill.
"Anthony S. Werneke, Inc.advertisement," Antiques and Fine Art (Winter 2001): 105, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 20–21, fig. 9.