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High chest of drawers

Object number



Maker Unknown


70 3/4 41 20 3/4 in. (179.7 104.1 52.7 cm)



Current location



Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); chestnut (bottom board, top board, batten, blocks between bottom board and front rail in upper case); yellow poplar (back boards upper and lower case, drawer linings in lower case; backing for drawer dividers); pine (backing of stile in upper case, drawer supports, back and center support for two small drawers in upper case, drawer linings in upper case)


John S. Walton, New York, 1951; sold in 1954 to Ralph E. Carptenter, Jr., Scarsdale, New York, and later Newport, Rhode Island; by descent to his wife Roberta L. Carpenter (1938–2019), Newport, Rhode Island; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 24, 2020, lot 323. Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc., New York, 2020

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
John S. Walton, Inc.
Roberta L. Carpenter
Bernard and S. Dean Levy, Inc.


Laura Beach, "The Past Is Present in Newport: A Couple's Lifelong Love of Antiques," Antiques and Fine Art 6, no. 2 (Summer 2005): 124, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Mowbra Hall and a Collection of Period Rooms: Part 2," Connoisseur (August 1972): 286, fig. 5.
"Silver Jublilee Exhibitors," Antiques 60, no. 4 (October 1951): 262.
Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Silver, sale cat. (January 24, 2020), 102–3, lot 323, ill.