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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


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



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Kingstown, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)


Maple (primary); pine, possibily yellow pine (drawer linings, top, backing for drawer dividers, backboards)






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


"Anthony S. Werneke, Inc., advertisement," Antiques and Fine Art (Winter 2001): 105, ill.
"Skinner, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 157, no. 2 (February 2000): 260, ill.
Skinner, Inc., Bolton, Mass., American Furniture and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (February 27, 2000), 33, lot 102, 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.