A Queen Anne Fan Carved
Maple Bonnet-top High Chest of Drawers
with Fluted Pilasters, Connecticut, c.1740-60
highboy is interesting in that it is an interpretation
of the famous Boston/Salem highboys that incorporate
pilasters into their design. This is a very desirable
feature, and elevates the casepiece to a higher order.
A highboy related to this item is illustrated in the
Franklin Estate (see
scan), and another courtesy of Winterthur (see
scan). A Leigh
Keno advertisement shows a nearly identical highboy,
identified as being from Connecticut River Valley.
Comparisons of the stylized pilasters show the same
rare design form (see below).
it is of Connecticut, and of early construction specifically
regarding the drawer bottoms, which run from front
to back. The secondary is almost entirely of Eastern
white cedar. This highboy retains its original brasses
This highboy has
a most beautiful presentation with the fluted columns
and large scale fans that give it a sense of importance
and stylistic refinement. The legs are beautifully
sculpted with elegantly carved circular corner blocks.
Height: 88 1/2 in.
Depth: 20 in.
Case Width: 38 1/2 in.
Overall Width: 42 3/4 in.