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Chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


31 35 1/2 21 1/4 in. (78.74 90.17 53.975 cm)



Current location



Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (drawer linings, glue block under top, and drawers supports)




"Capt. S. G. Allen [?] Steamer DePay Pier 43 East River New York City 2-9-09," inscribed, on chest back; "A. G. Breitenstein, Providence, Rhode Island," written on a sticker affixed to chest; "I," in chalk, on top drawer; "II," in graphite on second drawer


Adolph. G. Breitenstein (probably born 1864), Providence, Rhode Island. Capt. S. G. Allen, New York, 1909. A sea captain, Westport, Connecticut; sold to Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Ernst, Norwalk, Connecticut; consigned to American Art Galleries, New York, January 20-23, 1926, lot 846. Louise Fleischman Maclay and Alfred Barmore Maclay (1871–1944), New York, and Tallahassee, Florida, by 1929. Edith Tucker Cluett (died 1950) and George Alfred Cluett (died 1955), New York and Williamstown, Massachusetts; by descent to their children; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, January 19, 2007, lot 289

Associated names

Adolph G. Breitenstein
Capt. S. G. Allen
Mr. G. G. Ernst
Mrs. G. G. Ernst
Alfred Barmore Maclay
Louise Fleischman Maclay
George Alfred Cluett
Edith Tucker Cluett


The case back consists of one large board with one narrow board at the top back. The case sides are two boards apiece. The drawer sides are unusually thin and the drawer bottoms run perpendicularly to the drawer fronts. The case bottom consists of a single board. The top, feet and the upper drawer bottom are of later date. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, January 17, 2007; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


American Art Galleries and American Art Association, New York, The Early American Collection of Mr. and Mrs. G. G. Ernst, Norwalk, Conn., sale cat. (January 20–23, 1926), 185, lot 846.
Loan Exhibition of Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth-Century Furniture and Glass, exh. cat. (New York: American Art Galleries, 1929), n.p., no. 602, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana including Property Approved for Deaccession by the Board of Trustees of Historic Deerfield, Inc., sale cat. (January 19–21, 2007), 290, lot 289.